Some 26 million people in under-served communities around the world now have access to health care, a 50% increase from last year, according to a new report from the Royal Philips Foundation.
The health tech company's goal is to provide access to quality care for 100 million people by 2030, and chairman Ronald de Jong says "our work to enable long-term, sustainable system change in healthcare provision for underserved communities, as well as providing support in crisis situations, has never been more relevant," the Guardian reports.
In its 2022 Annual Report, the Philips Foundation says it has worked with governments, universities, and social enterprises to provide health care to 26.6 million people.
"In the face of adversity and limited resources, they are leveraging digital technologies, performing early screening and testing, providing basic treatment or timely referral, and driving healthcare innovation for underserved populations," says Margot Cooijmans, director of the foundation's social impact investment vehicle.
Among the projects the foundation has worked on in the last few years: helping more than 100,000 children in Uganda be diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease; providing free ultrasound services to pregnant women in 10 countries on three continents; and training health workers in Colombia to diagnose and monitor traumatic brain injuries, among other things.
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