Having wreaked havoc across the globe over the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic also exposed a litany of weaknesses and fragilities along the medical oxygen supply chain.
Announced today, 17th August, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) will seek to address these fragilities after receiving $25m in new funding commitments from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The ELMA Foundation to build ‘oxygen ecosystems’ for nine governments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The programme is intended to support the provision of lifesaving medical oxygen care to patients in Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Laos PDR, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda.
According to CHAI, lack of access to medical oxygen contributes to over one million deaths per year – and not just due to Covid-19.
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