Every Breath Counts: the need for oxygen equity


An alliance of 70 organisations helping low and middle-income countries (LMICs) to reduce deaths from respiratory-related illnesses such as pneumonia and Covid-19, the Every Breath Counts Coalition (EBCC) is a flagship initiative of JustActions – an organisation launched in 2016 that aims to accelerate the transition to a just society.

Coordinator of EBCC and Founder and CEO of JustActions, Leith Greenslade, spoke to gasworld during the Medical Gases Virtual Event 2022, detailing the organisations’ efforts to increase equitable access to medical oxygen.

A human need 

Over the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered oxygen shortages across the globe. Referring to the shortages as a ‘recipe for mass fatality’, Greenslade added that the pandemic has officially claimed more than 6m lives, but the true death toll could be five times higher.

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