By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver
Philips Electronics, a signatory to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), announced in June that it would continue its work towards MDG 4 and 5 to reduce newborn and maternal deaths. The announcement took place during the 2012 Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow, while on a stopover in Ghana. During the stopover, Philips representatives showcased several clinical solutions designed to make progress towards reaching MDG 4 and 5.
Every year about 2700 maternal deaths take place in Ghana, and the country is not currently on track to achieve its MDG targets by 2015. Philips will be working with the government, implementing clinical trainings, and introducing new technologies targeting maternal health. As part of its collaboration with the Ghanaian government, the electronics giant will begin to engage with the government and local stakeholders to have a better understanding of technological gaps and other gaps that must be filled to get the country back on track for MDG 4 and 5.
The company also provides clinical trainings for the healthcare workforce in the country’s capital, Accra. Women’s and children’s health care professionals – including obstetricians, midwives, maternity nurses, and ultrasound technicians – are trained in workshops on baby resuscitation, fetal monitoring, and clinical ultrasound. The company anticipates the trainings should bring more equitable and sustainable health services to more women and children.
Philips also introduced multiple new ultrasound and monitoring technologies for use in Ghana’s rural and urban clinical settings. These technologies include the ClearVue ultrasounds and Intellivue patient monitors – two families of products that the company boasts are easy to use, high quality, and cost-effective.
The Roadshow, which began in May and will continue through August 16, will reach 17 cities in 11 countries, and is dedicated to health care solutions for women and children in Africa.
More information about the 2012 Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow and their stop in Ghana is available online.
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