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The Philips Community Life Centre Approach

Strengthening primary healthcare and enabling community development

At Philips, we believe that the strengthening of health systems has to start at the primary level. Our approach is built around trying to address 6 key issues:
1. Providing a Healthy and safe environment
2. Connecting community and primary healthcare with other levels
3. Providing a high quality of care
4. Providing operational sustainability
5. Providing financial sustainability
6. Developing an ecosystem of collaborations

Partnering with local governments, we are developing Community Life Centers that provide a total solution for primary healthcare facilities with the aim of not only improving healthcare but also enabling community development. In Kenya, the installation of a Community Life Center saw the number of patients visiting increase to 4,000 per month, from 1,000 previously.

Sustainability is an integral part of Community Life Centers. Local stakeholders (health workers, community members) are involved in the entire development process, to instill a sense of ownership. Through the commercial services, the facility can generate revenues, contributing to its financial sustainability.

Access to healthcare is a key driver of sustainable socioeconomic development. In the last decade, there has been a rise in economic prosperity in many countries in Africa. Despite tremendous progress, there is still a substantial unfulfilled need for effective healthcare that is affordable, equitable and efficiently managed. Philips is deeply committed to supporting the required transformation of healthcare, and to collaborating with complementing partners. (Frans van Houten, CEO Philips)

We are working in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, World Bank and humanitarian partners including the Kenyan Red Cross, UNICEF and AMREF to improve lives. In August 2016, Philips and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced plans to implement Kenya’s second “Community Life Centre” in Mandera, a County in North-Eastern Kenya with one of the world’s highest maternal mortality ratio - 3,795 per 100,000 live births.


Case Study: Kiambu County Government, Kenya
Within eighteen months of its opening (from June 2014 – December 2015), the center in Kiambu saw the total number of outpatients visiting per month increase from 900 to 4080. The number of children being treated quadrupled from 533 to 2370; first antenatal care patients grew fifteen fold from 13 to 188 patients each month; while the number of fourth visit antenatal care patients each month grew sixteen fold, from 6 to 94. The maternity wing of the center enables women to deliver their babies in a safe and secure environment. Since its inception, 634 babies have been born with an average of 36 babies currently born at the facility each month.



Lead Organisation


Lead business line
Philips Healthcare Africa


Totaal budget

Strategic Partners
United Nations Population Fund, World Bank and other humanitarian partners including the Kenyan Red Cross, UNICEF and AMREF

Impact on primary SDG

Impact on other SDGs

Targeted Region of execution

Start date
januari 2016
End date
januari 2030

Targeted Beneficiaries
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Point of contact
Nick Kelso