Air Liquide has inaugurated its first Oxygen House in Senegal, aimed at making medical oxygen (O2) accessible to small health centres in developing countries.

The structures have been designed to offer first level access to healthcare for patients living in suburban and rural areas in emerging countries.

The development is part of the group’s Access Oxygen service, which enables small health structures to benefit from the equipment and services needed to use medical O2 in the treatment of acute diseases.

PSA oxygen generators in the hospital – October 2014

Air Liquide’s solution includes a mobile O2 source and a training and maintenance programme for healthcare professionals. A specific digital application has also been designed for doctors and nurses to assist them in making decisions on emergency O2 administration.

Initally deployed in Thiès city, Access Oxygen will ultimately be available throughout the African country.

This project is part of the French corporation’s Inclusive Business approach, targeting the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) market as an economic activity that has a social impact, benefitting low-income communities and promoting innovation. 

The Tier One player initially settled in Dakar, Senegal in 1929, and now serves more than 250 customers through its production units in Dakar and Richard Toll.

In 2016, Air Liquide Healthcare served over 15,000 hospitals and clinics and more than 1.4 million patients at home throughout the world by supplying medical gases, home healthcare services, medical equipment and specialty ingredients.