Cheyenne, WY (June 16, 2015) Last month at the 2015 Impact AwardS, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) recognized Belstar Development, LLC for excellence in development in the innovation category. Belstar is a Miami company that is serving as the lead investor in Ghana’s National Medical Equipment Modernization project, a massive undertaking to improve the quality of healthcare in 100 hospitals across all 10 of Ghana’s administrative regions. OPIC is supporting the project with political risk insurance.
Belstar brought logistical expertise to the initiative, supplying equipment such as oxygen generator systems, MRI machines, CT scanners, ultrasound and digital image management systems, critical care packages, medical waste treatment plants, and mobile clinics as well as training for Ghanaian medical personnel.
The modernization project also set into motion several dozen Odulair Mobile Clinics equipped with backup generators to deliver quality healthcare to more rural areas of Ghana that may not have physical infrastructure or access to electricity. These Odulair Mobile Clinics help close a significant gap in the delivery of specialty medicine to underserved segments of the population.
"The Odulair Mobile Clinics were designed specifically for the Ghana Ministry of Health and the patient population that they serve as part of our Odulair Mobile Clinics for Africa Program," said Dr. Anita Chambers, President of Odulair, LLC. "We are honored to work with the Ministry and proud of the success they have achieved with our mobile clinics in this innovative healthcare outreach program," Chambers said.
“The results are tremendous, people are sending letters to thank us. The impact is enormous,” said Kofi Ampim, Chairman of Belstar Development, during the OPIC awards event.
Belstar officials also said that OPIC’s political risk insurance proved to be valuable in attracting further investment in the project. Private ventures in challenging economic environments like Ghana often require risk mitigation, and OPIC’s political risk insurance for the medical modernization project served just this purpose.
“OPIC is probably the only institution that allowed us to execute this project. From the point of view of investing in Ghana, the OPIC insurance was very, very important,” said Arthur Polk, Manager of Belstar Development. “Political risk insurance is primarily used by companies to go into difficult markets. Without this insurance, the cost of financing would be so high that financing might not be able to go forward.”
“OPIC is here to facilitate the private sector,” added Polk. “They are serving as a catalytic force to bring American investment to areas that need it most.”
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.