This project addresses key challenges in maternal and infant care in South Africa today. Currently, many primary and community-based health facilities lack the required equipment, knowledge or expertise to effectively manage maternal emergencies, complicated childbirth or critically ill infants and children. Also, the transfer from the primary health facility to the hospital needs improvement; due to limited care facilities during transfer, too often high-risk patients arrive in an unstable and deteriorating condition.
“First-world healthcare is within our reach provided we can get appropriately trained staff with the right equipment to the right patient at the right time. This partnership aims to do just this,” says Dr Craig Lambert, Head of the Department of Emergency Medical Care, UJ.
“We are proud to be partners in this exciting project. As leaders in healthcare innovation, Philips hopes to provide the medical leaders of the future with the necessary equipment and product training required to help reduce the rate of mother and child mortality,” says Mr Jose Fernandes, District Manager, Philips Healthcare Southern Africa.