AirSep Corporation, a CAIRE, Inc. company, is playing a role in providing lifesaving medical oxygen to the new Amhara Region Oxygen Centre in Ethiopia.
Two AirSep Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen plants – manufactured at the US company’s facility in Buffalo, New York – provide a critical and consistent supply of medical oxygen at the Felege Hiwot Hospital in Bahir Dar and the Dessie Referral Hospital in Dessie.
Public, private and charitable organizations worked together on the project to enhance access and improve quality of surgical and anaesthesia care.
“AirSep commercial products are known all over the world for their quality and craftsmanship, and in this circumstance can make all the difference in supporting life for millions of people, including critically-ill children. We are honoured to be a part of this initiative and the impact it will make today and for future generations,” Angelo Barberic, AirSep Regional Sales Manager of Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
The plants will be managed through an innovative public-private partnership business model managed by Assist International/AI Medical Oxygen Production PLC that will create a locally-run, reliable and revenue-generating oxygen production and distribution system, so allowing the income generated to be reinvested into strengthening the health care system in the Amhara region.
Coming together to enhance access and improve quality of surgical and anesthesia care in Ethiopia were Assist International, a US-based non-governmental organisation which facilitated the development of the project, the Federal Ministry of Health, Amhara Regional Health Bureau, GE Foundation through the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative, Grand Challenges Canada, and other local stakeholders.
The new facility is the difference between life and death for children with pneumonia in this region, according to the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative. Before the centre opened in late March, statistics showed one in three health care facilities in East Africa did not have an adequate or consistent supply of medical oxygen, forcing clinicians to choose who would or would not receive medical oxygen.