Access to care

Philips is a leading provider of medical equipment to hospitals and clinics around the world. We believe in providing holistic healthcare solutions, and in bringing the benefits of healthcare provision effectively and affordably to as many people as possible.
We are doing this in various ways, including professional and technical healthcare education to achieve a better diagnosis and patient outcomes when using our products. Philips offers professionally refurbished equipment in order to provide high quality and at the same time affordable healthcare systems.

One billion people

live in urban slums

around the world, mainly in emerging markets and developing countries. Despite their tremendous need, many people here cannot access healthcare services. ¹

Pneumonia causes more than 900,000 deaths annually among children under the age of 5, accounting for 16% of child mortality worldwide1.


Of these, 99% of deaths occur in developing countries in low-resource settings, typically rural areas with very limited or poor healthcare facilities or with low-skilled health workers.


With its commitment to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3 to improve health and wellbeing, Royal Philips and Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, agreed to scale an innovation called ChARM. This is, a monitor which automatically detects respiratory rate in children under the age of 5 in order to improve the diagnosis of childhood pneumonia in low resource countries.

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Creating a qualified and trained healthcare workforce in Africa


With our strong dedication to Mother and Childcare for over 40 years, Philips is committed to the UN Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality rates and improving maternal health. We aim to create and support a qualified and trained healthcare workforce in Africa and have developed strong partnerships with leading academic institutions to deliver regular, customized clinical training.

1,200 healthcare practitioners across Africa received clinical training during our 2012 Cairo to Cape Town roadshow. In Kenya, we teamed up with local non-profit organizations to provide free ultrasound screening for 150 expectant mothers living in the outskirts of Nairobi.

Philips cares program


Through Philips Cares, we actively support the area most important to our company and our employees: health, education, and the environment.


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