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Philips partners with the United Nations Population Fund and the Government of Republic of the Congo to reduce maternal and newborn mortality

January 17, 2020

  • A comprehensive ‘Emergency obstetric and newborn care’ (EmONC) program will be implemented in healthcare facilities in underserved communities in the Republic of the Congo 
  • The agreement is a tangible local milestone of the global partnership between Philips and UNFPA aimed at improving the health and well-being of fifty (50) million women and girls in countries where health challenges are greatest, launched in 2019

Amsterdam, The Netherlands Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced a  major partnership with the Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health & Population and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates by fifty (50) percent in the country’s health facilities over the next five years, especially in remote areas.

The three partners are working together to develop a large-scale ‘Emergency obstetric and newborn care’ (EmONC) program that will reach more than 500,000 women and 70,000 newborns, improving access to high quality and affordable maternal, neonatal and child healthcare. The first phase of the program will target five districts: Talangai, Ouesso-Mokeko-Pikounda-Kabo, Sembe-Souanke, Zanaga-Bambama and Sibiti-Komono.

The main objective of the program is to manage high-risk pregnancies and complications in healthcare facilities better by training midwives, enabling timely prevention of – and intervention during – complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

As part of the program, health facilities in remote parts of the Congo will be fitted with solar power systems and ultra-portable ultrasound and monitoring devices so that midwives and doctors in these district health centers can identify and manage high-risk pregnancies onsite and provide emergency obstetric and newborn care. Community health workers serving remote communities will be equipped with backpack outreach kits containing key equipment to assist in childbirth, together with a mobile phone they can use to get remote technical support.

Despite falling by almost half between 2005 and 2015, maternal mortality rates in the Republic of the Congo are still similar to those of other less-developed countries. Women in the country’s rural areas face ongoing difficulties, especially the indigenous communities. Further investment in healthcare infrastructures, services, technology and innovation are therefore needed to ensure that maternal and newborn mortality rates continue to fall.

“The Government of the Republic of the Congo is committed to accelerating progress towards reducing maternal and newborn mortality,” said Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo, Minister of Health & Population of the Republic of the Congo. “We are open to fostering collaborations that are dynamic and mutually beneficial, and we foresee great potential in this partnership with Philips and UNFPA.”

“You cannot achieve prosperity without quality healthcare, particularly for mothers and children, so we are excited to come on board and contribute effectively to this partnership,” said Henk de Jong, Chief of International Markets, Philips. “Philips is passionate about maternal and child healthcare, because more than in any other sector, we can make a direct and dramatic positive impact on the quality of people’s lives.”

“This innovative partnership will help get us closer to achieving our goal of zero maternal deaths in the Republic of the Congo by improving the emergency obstetric and neonatal care that people in rural and hard-to-reach communities receive,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director. “We are committed to leaving no one behind and hope this model will inspire others who share our goal of making pregnancy and childbirth safe everywhere.”

The Ministry of Health and Population will pay the salaries of the civil officials involved in the program. UNFPA will support the health districts in strengthening the capacities of midwives to provide EmONC services to increase the number of safe births and Philips will provide the technological know-how for this program.

During the second phase, the project will be rolled out to another 47 health districts in semi-urbanized and rural areas, including Pool, Likouala, Cuvette, Cuvette-Ouest, Plateaux, Bouenza, Niari, Kouilou, Pointe Noire and the other district of Brazzaville.

The partnership will help to transform healthcare in the Republic of the Congo, ensuring that the quality of its services is enhanced, its facilities meet World Health Organization (WHO) standards, and its ability to reduce maternal and newborn mortality is significantly improved. At the recent Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, the government committed to ensuring that all pregnant women have an antenatal consultation, and that all women deliver their babies with a skilled birth attendant by 2022.

For further information, please contact:
Radhika Choksey                                                     
Philips Africa
Tel.: +31 6 25 25 9000                          
E-mail: radhika.choksey@philips.com

Joost Maltha
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +31 6 10 55 8116
E-mail: Joost.Maltha@philips.com

Eddie Wright
Tel: +1 212 297 2717
E-mail: ewright@unfpa.org

M. Koua Oba Jovial
Tel: +242 06 895 69 64
E-mail: obajov@gmail.com
About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 80,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.  UNFPA is on the ground improving lives in about 150 countries that are home to 80 per cent of the world’s population. Guided by the Program of Action adopted at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and the Sustainable Development Goals, UNFPA partners with governments, civil society, private sector, and others to advance our mission. More information about UNFPA can be found at www.unfpa.org.

About the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) Congo

The Ministry of Health and Population leads the program at central and regional level and will also benefit from the close support of the Ministries in charge of Planning and Finance, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Presidency. To ensure the health of Congo’s 5,203,073 inhabitants with 1,040,616 woman of child -bearing age, the MoHP’s National Health Development Plan 2018 – 2022 aims to increase accessibility and acceptability, meet the major challenges (outdated infrastructure, lack of financial resources in the health sector, qualified human resources, precarious working conditions) and meet its commitments. More information on the actions carried out and the needs of the Ministry can be found at http://www.sante.gouv.cg.


Engine strategies to be analysed at record-breaking Aero-Engines Americas in Miami, February 4-5

North America Engine MRO market worth $8.7 billion in 2020

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aviation Week is helping companies capitalize on the booming engine MRO market at Aero-Engines Americas. The event will take place at JW Marriott Turnberry in Miami, February 4-5.

The two-day conference is exclusively dedicated to the trends and issues related to the America’s engine MRO community, gathering over 500 attendees from across the value chain including OEMs, MROs, airlines, lessors and suppliers.

According to Aviation Week 2020 Commercial Fleet & MRO Forecast, North America will generate over $8.7 billion in engine MRO demand, representing over 25% of global engine MRO demand in 2020.

Industry leading speakers will discuss topics including; parts availability & supply chain issues, OEM strategies and long-term outlook, operator fleet and planning challenges, and the lessor perspective. Speakers include:

  • William Abbott, Director, Engine Vendor Programs – Technical Operations
    United Airlines
  • Carl Glover, VP Sales & Marketing, AAR Corporation
  • Charlie Milner, Director – Fleet Asset Management. Southwest Airlines
  • Abdol Moabery, President and CEO, GA Telesis
  • Doug Ramey, Director of Global MRO Sales and Customer Service, GKN Aerospace
  • Christopher Rospenda, Global Transportation Leader, IBM Watson IoT
  • Jamie Sismey, Regional Marketing Executive – Americas, Rolls-Royce
  • Dr. Vivek Saxena, Managing Director, Advisory Aerospace OSC
  • Ramnik Soni, Chief Operating Officer, Alaris Aerospace Systems
  • Sebastian Torhorst, Head of Product Sales Engine Service – Americas, Lufthansa Technik
  • Nicole Tibbetts, Component Repair Manufacturing Engineering Leader, GE Aviation
  • Nick Varner, Senior Manager – Outsourced Engine Programs, United Airlines

“South Florida is one of the leading markets for the Aero Engine industry.  With new platforms entering service in the next few years and OEMs continuing to diversify their service offerings in the aftermarket, airlines and suppliers need to get to grips with this rapidly evolving and technologically advanced market in order to ensure business success,” said Lydia Janow, Managing Director, Events, Aviation Week Network.  “The event’s record is a clear reflection on the strength of this market and is sure to help attendees and service providers gain an edge in a competitive landscape as well as to learn valuable information and meet the industry decision makers and buyers.”

Turbine Controls MRO is the host sponsor and AeroThrust and Wencor Group are lead sponsors.  Other sponsors include: AJW, GA Telesis,  KAL Capital,  Kellstrom Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions, and Willis Lease.   The event kicks off on Monday, February 3 with a networking reception hosted by AJW.

The event also features a networking reception the evening of Tuesday, February 4 hosted by AeroThrust and a luncheon on Wednesday, February 5 hosted by Wencor Group, followed by an AeroThrust facility tour.

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Integrate water management to prevent flooding: Jokowi

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has issued directives to local governments and related ministries to conduct integrated water management from upstream to downstream to prevent flooding.

“This treatment from upstream to downstream must be one line; we cannot work individually,” the President said during a discussion with the media at the Merdeka Palace, here Friday. Three areas that must be addressed are the upstream, middle, and downstream areas, he emphasized.

For the upstream region, the President stressed the need to build dams and rehabilitate forests.

The central government is building two dams – Sukamahi Dam and Ciawi Dam, in Bogor District, and their construction is expected to be completed this year.

Re-greening by planting trees is also important for water infiltration and reducing the rate of water to lower areas.

In the middle region, the river also needs to be widened.

The concept of river widening, both normalization and naturalization, is fine as long as everything is carried out well, according to him.

As for the downstream area, reservoirs must be maintained and even added, the President ordered.

The number of pumps in several reservoirs must also be increased, he added.

“This development is gradual, but it must be done immediately. Previously, a western flood canal was built, and later an east flood canal construction followed. Go ahead with normalization of Ciliwung River and Pesanggrahan River. The most important thing is they must be done immediately. That’s my principle,” the President said.

Source: Antara News

PLN to increase renewable energy-based power plant capacity in 2020

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-owned electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has outlined a target to step up the capacity of renewable energy-based power plant by 1.5 gigawatts (GW) in 2020.

“Renewable energy (power plant) capacity in 2020 will be increased by 1.5 GW to ensure its reliability,” Deputy President Director of PLN Darmawan Prasojo stated here on Friday.

Currently, PLN’s renewable energy-based power plant has a total capacity of 7.761 GW, with the largest capacity of some 4.7 GW sourced from the hydroelectric power plant (PLTA).

The company has inked a power purchase agreement with Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar to build a US$-129 million floating Solar Power Plant (PLTS) at Cirata Dam, West Java.

Investment in the project is expected to total Rp1.8 trillion, and the solar power plant will become the largest in the ASEAN, with a capacity of 145 MW, larger than the 132.5-MW capacity Cadiz Solar Power Plant in the Philippines.

Indonesia has outlined a target for renewable energy to account for 23 percent of the country’s energy mix by 2025, with PLTS contributing 5 MW of the existing national power capacity.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has prepared a new regulation on the purchase price for electricity from renewable energy-based power plant that will utilize the feed-in tariff scheme for its new price formula.

Source: Antara News

Positive global sentiment projected to extend to IHSG

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian composite index (IHSG) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) is projected to ride high, Friday, amid positive cues from global markets following the inking of the US-China phase one trade deal.

The IHSG opened higher today, at 7.73 points, or 0.12 percent, to 6,293.78. In the meantime, the index of the 45 most liquid stocks, or LQ45, also rose up to 1.82 points, or 0.18 percent, to 1,027.63.

“The positive response may move the IHSG to lie in the green zone,” Valbury Securities Head of Research Alfiansyah stated in Jakarta. Related news: US-China trade agreement lends certainty: Finance Minister

He pointed out that the trade deal and release of the company’s profit reports have led to the strengthening of the US stock market on Thursday (Jan 16).

In the meantime, on the domestic front, Indonesia’s government plans to prolong the coal mining permit by revising Government Regulation No. 23 of 2010. The revision process currently awaits the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry’s approval.

The revised version of the regulation will no longer cover the 25-hectare land area of the coal mining site.

“The regulation will have a positive impact on the mining industry,” Alfiansyah stated.

In the meantime, regional markets that strengthened this morning comprised only Nikkei, rising 100.7 points, or 0.42 percent, to 24,033.8. However, the Hang Seng Index depreciated 21.3 points, or 0.07 percent, to 28,861.7, and the Straits Times Index plunged 4.89 points, or 0.15 percent, to 3,273.11.

Source: Antara News