IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a US$2.5 million investment in New Crystal to support the expansion of the private healthcare group, which provides high quality medical services to lower-middle-income and low-income patients and families in and around Ghana’s capital, Accra.
IFC’s loan, its first in Ghana’s healthcare sector, will help New Crystal upgrade its existing network of six clinics, add new facilities in Accra’s fast-growing suburbs of Ashaiman and Tema, and broaden its suite of diagnostic services.
New Crystal provides a range of services, including general clinical care, antenatal, obstetrics, gynecology, dentistry, laboratory and x-ray, pharmaceutical, and simple in-patient services. It aims to increase the number of patients it serves annually from 227,000 to 350,000 as a result of IFC’s support.
Dr. Wisdom Amegbletor, Founder and CEO of New Crystal, said, “This investment by IFC will help us accelerate implementation of our vision to increase access to affordable high-quality healthcare in Ghana. In addition to financing, IFC will also provide us with advisory services in certain operational areas as we continue to grow our business.”
Ronke Ogunsulire, IFC Country Manager for Ghana, said, “The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting the urgent need to strengthen health systems to serve all segments of society. The private sector has an important role to play in providing health services and IFC is proud to support New Crystal’s innovative and effective healthcare model.”
IFC has an active portfolio of about US$2 billion in healthcare companies in emerging markets, including more than US$165 million in sub-Saharan Africa as of December 2019. Through these investments, IFC helps private providers meet the soaring demand for healthcare and supports governments in their goal of reaching universal health coverage.