A new international health coalition has been launched by Unitaid and a roster of other organisations to boost access to life saving medical oxygen for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The Global Oxygen Alliance (GO2AL) aims to support countries with technical cooperation, financial solutions, capacity building and demand-generation to ensure that investments in oxygen systems made during the Covid-19 crisis are sustained.
The pandemic exposed chronic shortages of medical oxygen in LMICs, leading to preventable deaths and placed immense strain on global health systems.
According to Unitaid, even before Covid-19 swept across the world, nine in ten hospitals in LMICs were unable to provide oxygen therapy – essential for treating acute respiratory illnesses, surgery, trauma, emerging and critical care, and for treating pregnant women during childbirth.
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