The World Health Organization declared that “disability” is the fastest growing global health need. Globally an estimated 80 million people need a wheelchair, however the majority don’t have access to one. There is also an urgent global need for intermediate pediatric chairs that can be appropriately provisioned for children with Cerebral Palsy, the most common childhood disability.
Invigorate was started to build manufacturing facilities in strategic countries to make wheelchairs and other assistive technology devices. Our goal is for wheelchairs to be made locally to reduce cost, establish consistent availability, increase serviceability, and to meet the demand more effectively. We have partnered with BeeLine wheelchairs, which makes durable, highly customizable, pediatric and adult wheelchairs.
We will work primarily with Mission Hospitals because they operate high-quality facilities that provide much of the medical care in their areas; many serve a referral base of over a million people. Most mission hospitals are locally owned and operated, with strong community health programs, and a long history of working actively with local government health initiatives. These hospitals share a unity of purpose, collaborate in training programs, and understand the value of rehabilitation and assistive technology, yet are unable to meet the need.
Half the price of a wheelchair is manufacturing expense, so Invigorate will focus on generating commercial revenues to help subsidize the cost of the wheelchairs. Invigorate will also raise charitable funds that will be applied toward material costs directly.