OPIC-supported hospital project in Angola wins sustainability award
An OPIC-supported medical center in Angola’s capitol city has won the Sustainability and Operational Excellence Challenge from the EMPEA Institute for demonstrating “outstanding sustainable impact from an operational, environmental, social, and governance perspective.”
The award from the EMPEA Institute recognized Vital Capital for its management of the Luanda Medical Center, a world class clinic. OPIC financing supported construction of the Luanda Medical and Diagnostic Center within the clinic, which provides affordable treatment and outpatient services and has introduced new medical diagnostic capabilities into the country, such as state-of-the-art MRI and CAT scan technology.
Like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Angola has a heavy disease burden and insufficient healthcare infrastructure to handle it. The country’s child mortality rate is one of the highest in the world.
In recognizing the work of Vital Capital for its work initiating and overseeing the creation of the medical center, EMPEA noted that Vital tackled all elements of design, incorporated advanced IT systems and prioritized staffing with highly qualified professionals. Today, more than half the medical center’s 330 full-time employees are women.