10 things to know about global access to healthcare

8. Strategic partnerships can produce better outcomes
The COVID-19 response demonstrated that when the right partners unite behind a common purpose and shared sense of urgency, they can deliver incredible results. Collaboration among governments, non-governmental organizations, and other public and private partners helps ensure more appropriate and sustainable healthcare solutions. Shared-value partnerships, like Philips’ longstanding partnerships with Amref Health Africa and UNFPA, leverage private-sector innovation power to make a real impact. Partners with complementary strengths, working closely with those involved in healthcare delivery and the communities served, can together achieve remarkable health outcomes.

9. People-centered health innovations deliver more equitable care
Designing impactful and equitable health technologies starts with listening to patients and healthcare practitioners. Involving the local community in co-creation provides insight into health needs and the barriers people face. A truly inclusive innovation approach calls for ‘radical empathy’, addressing sometimes uncomfortable biases and recognizing the range of factors that contribute to health gaps. There’s no one-size-fits-all. The best solutions keep people at the center of the innovation process, adapting as needs change.

10. Measuring impact helps drive positive change
Commitments aren’t enough. Change requires action and evidence of impact. As part of our purpose, Philips is committed to improving the lives of 2.5 billion people a year by 2030, including 400 million people living in underserved communities. We not only set tangible goals, but we also share the outcomes of our actions. To ensure we remain on track, an externally audited model tells us how many lives have been improved by our products and solutions in a given year. Through (digital) technology and innovation and by working with partners around the globe, Philips and Philips Foundation are helping expand access to quality health services for those most in need.

Join us! Here’s how you can help support Health For All:

As an individual, you can promote UHC Day on December 12 within your organization, share information and resources, and encourage your organization to join UHC2030 as a partner.

Are you part of a private company? The UHC2030 Private-Sector Constituency (UHC2030 PSC) is a platform for private sector entities wishing to exchange and collaborate on universal health coverage. As well, the Digital Connected Care Coalition (DCCC) is a global coalition accelerating the digital transformation of healthcare in low- and middle-income countries, and they are continually bringing on new partners committed to the mission of universal health coverage. The DCCC can help you find partners with complimentary skills. Explore ideas and learnings from current and past projects on Philips Foundation’s Knowledge Hub.

Are you a social entrepreneur with an innovative and scalable healthcare enterprise looking to collaborate? Find opportunities to partner with the Philips Foundation on accelerating high-impact access-to-healthcare solutions. Check out insights and learnings from current and past Philips Foundation projects and activities, and explore new ideas, solutions, or models for scaling access to care in underserved communities at the Philips Foundation’s Knowledge Hub.

Are you an impact investor with a focus on health, particularly in the areas of innovation, digitalization, and maternal and child health? Connect to a broader ecosystem and learn more about Philips Foundation Impact Investments B.V. opportunities.


[1] Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report, World Bank, WHO. 2017
[2] 2022 Global Health Care Outlook, Deloitte. 2021
[3] Countries must invest at least 1% more of GDP on primary health care, WHO. September 2019
[4] COVID-19 and the social determinants of health and health equity, WHO. December 2022
[5] The missing link – the role of primary care in global health, Global Health Action. February 2014
[6] A Vision for Primary Health Care in the 21st Century, WHO, UNICEF. 2018
[7] Primary health care overview, WHO
[8] Under-five mortality, UNICEF. December 2021
[9] Effect of In Utero and Early-Life Conditions on Adult Health and Disease, New England Journal of Medicine. July 2008


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