Ghana’s health ministry has awarded Machynlleth-based renewable energy systems firm Dulas an order for 30 of its solar-powered vaccine fridges.
The company initially promoted the vaccine fridge at the MedicAfrica exhibition in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2005. One unit worth £3,000 was presented to the Zambian Government as a gift from the Welsh Assembly Government at the trade show.
The donation of the fridge was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of an extensive programme of support to Dulas’s worldwide sales drive and to make an active contribution under the Wales for Africa initiative.
Ian Draisey, director of Dulas, said: ‘The seeds of our recent success were sewn then at MedicAfrica. It helped us demonstrate the significant advantages of our product and established an excellent working relationship.’
Dulas’ recent export visit to Ghana, supported by the assembly’s overseas trade arm International Business Wales (IBW), secured the order for 30 vaccine fridges from the Ghanaian government, with the prospect of significant further orders in the next few years following their specification in the tender.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, minister for the economy and transport, said, ‘Dulas’s technology epitomises the type of knowledge-led Welsh enterprise making its mark in challenging overseas markets.
‘The assembly has been delighted to support the company’s efforts in Africa and this recent export success justifies the hard work of the company and our officials that have been involved in the process.
‘We should also be very proud that innovative technology developed here in Wales will play such an important role in saving lives in poorer nations.’
Dulas’s solar-powered fridges are used to store blood and vaccines, often holding more than £200,000 worth of vaccines.