Innopia Electromechanical Solutions
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Emergency care
- Primary care
SummaryInnopia Electromechanical Solutions is a company engaged in design and manufacture of different electromechanical machines and components for health, textile and electronics sectors. It is currently focused on developing Mobile Clinic and Ambulance Vehicles (MoCLAV) for rural access to healthcare.
Innopia's objective is to design and manufacture tailor-made electronic instruments that have high demand in the local market. MOCLAVs specifcially will provide people access to health services without travelling long distances and ideally will encourage preventative health-seeking behaviors.
Key program components
Ethiopia is one of the least urbanized countries in the world. Only 16% of the population of 80 million lives in urban areas. Combined with poor transportation infrastructure, it is a challenge for the health sector to provide primary health care and emergency medical services to people in remote locations. Under the Health Extension Program, the Ministry of Health has reinvigorated efforts to make primary health care services available in rural communities through an extensive network of health extension workers based in remote areas. However, according to the 2011 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey (2011 EDHS), two significant barriers to accessing health services in rural areas are: getting transport to a facility and the distance to a health facility, suggesting that reaching some of the more remote communities with adequate health services still remains a challenge.
Innopia is currently producing and marketing mobile clinic and ambulance vehicles (MOCLAVs) by refurbishing standard trucks with medical furniture, laboratory equipment, information and communications technlogies, and a solar power supply. This vehicle can be used as both a diagnostic or treatment room, allowing health officers to reach out to patients in remote villages and provide health services in-house or in-village. It is also equipped with communication and signaling equipment and can be used as an ambulance in the event of an emergency. Innopia will build customized vehicles for both public and private sector facilities and organizations wishing to extend their service delivery into areas currently underserved by rural and other underserved areas. In this capacity it can serve as a starndard clinic, or it can be deployed to serve multiple regions during a specialized medical outreach effort, such as an immunization campaign.
MOCLAVs will allow people to access health services without traveling long distances and ideally will encourage preventative health seeking behaviors. Pregnant women can seek antenatal care visits prior to giving birth, postnatal visits after giving birth, and immunizations for their babies without traveling long distances to health posts or clinics. Furthermore, the mobile clinics will be equipped to perform basic lab services and minor surgical operations, like tubal ligations, bringing those services closer to remote communities. In emergencies, the mobile clinic can offer ambulance services and can provide a lower cost alternative to importing ambulance vehicles. Production of the mobile clinic in-country will create job opportunities for skilled and unskilled laborers in addition to providing service contracts to other businesses that create some of the components, such as the clinical furniture.