Cheyenne, WY (October 9, 2013) Odulair™ LLC, the world’s leading provider of advanced mobile health clinics and mobile medical vehicles today announced their partnership alliance with Global Flying Hospitals. The two have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a fleet of 21st century flying hospitals, which includes an expandable mobile hospital that can be transported within a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. Dr. Anita Chambers, CEO of Odulair, said, “We at Odulair are honored that Global Flying Hospitals’ has selected Odulair to custom engineer and manufacture their fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules based flying hospitals. We are also pleased to work on such an important humanitarian mission that parallels our own corporate social responsibility goals.”
As planned, the flying hospital will include such vital components as a sterile operating room, exam rooms, diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities; all in a versatile Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules cargo transport aircraft. Throughout aviation history, no aircraft, either developed or even under development, can match the flexibility of the C-130 Hercules. According to Lockheed Martin, today, the Hercules is used daily by 72 countries for multi-role, multi-mission airlift capabilities.
Global Flying Hospitals is proving to be truly visionary in selecting the C-130 Hercules for their next generation flying hospitals. The aircraft boast a history of over a half century of duty as a master in medevac and search and rescue missions. Although other organizations have built specialized flying hospitals within heavy jets as Lockheeds and MD11s, their usefulness is limited due to the long runway necessary to land the large aircraft. Conversely, this is where the C-130 Hercules reigns supreme. Global Flying Hospitals conducted extensive research prior to selecting the smaller aircraft for their humanitarian mission, which is aimed toward assisting developing countries in becoming fully self-sufficient and sustainable in providing healthcare for their citizens.
Neill Newton，Founder and Chairman of Global Flying Hospitals stated: “We’ve taken a long route in reaching this milestone. We originally planned for the refurbishment of a Boeing 747 as the flying hospital, and looked at other big jets. Finally, we realized that in today’s world of constant natural disasters and ongoing medical needs in small rural villages, along with huge population growths, we have to be nimble, efficient and very cost conscious. This Hercules – Mobile Hospital business model now fits perfectly!”
Odulair, LLC is a woman owned Wyoming company founded by a medical professional in 2008 to assist governments, NGOs, and private medical providers with advanced technology mobile clinics for the delivery of healthcare in over 40 medical specialties. Odulair Mobile and Modular Clinics can be built on most platforms including truck chassis, trailers, shipping containers, tents, and modular buildings.
With a history of break-through innovations, in 2012, Odulair launched the Mobile Clinics for Africa Program. In 2013, Odulair launched the world’s first Mobile Dialysis Unit. In 2014, Odulair launched the world’s first 100% solar-powered mobile clinic. Also, in 2014, our West African clients approached Odulair to develop the world’s first isolation unit to meet the unprecedented needs of Ebola isolation. Odulair rose to the challenge and developed a patent pending isolation unit to meet the needs of all infectious diseases with modes of transmission including bodily fluids, droplet transmission, particle transmission, and airborne transmission. The Odulair Ebola Isolation Unit and the Odulair Infectious Disease Isolation Unit were launched in early July 2014.
Odulair mobile and modular healthcare facilities are built to serve patient populations as independent operating vehicles or vehicles incorporated within an existing facility. Our units have been used for humanitarian healthcare delivery, community outreach, rural healthcare, hospital and surgery center renovation, capacity correction, emergency response, healthcare services within correctional facilities, and more.
Odulair founder and Fielding Graduate University Institute for Social Innovation Fellow Dr. Anita Chambers initiated the Mobile Clinics for Africa Program in 2012 in an effort to provide high quality, country specific custom mobile clinics to emerging nations at an affordable cost. To date, Odulair has designed mobile clinics to deliver healthcare for more than 40 medical specialties housed in platforms ranging from 30-foot (9 meter) highly mobile 4x4 truck-based clinics to 53-foot (16 meter) double expandable trailers. The Mobile Clinics for Africa Program creates collaboration between local African businesses and Odulair as the local businesses provide components for incorporation into the mobile clinics, which are then utilized to deliver healthcare within the country. This unique model of collaboration for the development of medical vehicles was developed by Dr. Chambers in an effort to stimulate both the economy of the recipient African country as well as small businesses in the United States.