Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Philips Foundation, with its mission to provide access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities through innovation, today announced publication of its 2019 Annual Report. The report outlines a year of substantial progress in providing access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities, capturing many of the activities that aim to achieve lasting change in local healthcare systems. With more than 200 projects running or successfully completed during the foundation’s five-year history, more than 5 million additional people gained access to one or more health services in 2019 thanks to its support.
In order to fulfil its mission in support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages), the Philips Foundation teams up with social entrepreneurs, societal bodies and humanitarian organizations such as Ashoka, UNICEF, Save the Children, Amref and many others. In total, 38 new projects across the world were approved in 2019, enhancing and supporting programs ranging from education on healthy living and disease prevention, to practical support for improved diagnoses, better treatments and healthcare workforce capacity building. The Philips Foundation supported projects with local NGOs across 22 countries, improving access to care for the vulnerable communities they serve.