Africa has been urged to integrate new and cost effective technology to promote access to health. Philips East Africa Limited General Manager, Mr Roelof Assies, said technology will play a critical role in bringing high-quality primary health services to the continent’s more than one billion inhabitants.

“The new and ambitious health agenda under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) requires new approaches such as use of technology to make the post-2015 vision a reality,” said Assies.

He made the remarks during a satellite session titled Innovating for the post-2015 agenda; making high quality primary healthcare a reality through integrated technology solutions.

Philips Healthcare is piloting a medical innovations and technology solutions project in Kiambu County, Kenya. Part of the project involves equipping health facilities with solar power systems.

Technology key to scaling up health care in Africa, says Philips boss

Philips EA General Manager, Roeof Assies, speaks with Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia and Amref Africa Director General Dr Teguest Guerma (right) as Jacqueline Karachi looks on.

The day’s programme included discussions on the e- and m-learning to promote health, learning from innovations for health in Africa with complimentary satellite sessions touching on health innovations.

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