Partners In Health announce $8m medical oxygen initiative


Non-profit organisation Partners In Health (PIH) is aiming to reduce the number of deaths caused by lack of medical oxygen through a new oxygen plant installation and repair initiative.

Building Reliable Integrated and Next Generation Oxygen Services – or BRING O2 – is an $8m project that will provide additional medical oxygen to rural, hard-to-reach communities across the globe. 

According to PIH, around 1 in 5 people who contract Covid-19 in these regions are at risk due to the lack of readily available medical-grade oxygen in hospitals and healthcare facilities, contributing to over a million deaths per year even before the pandemic. 

Admitting that there are ‘few things more heart wrenching’ than watching a patient struggle to breathe, Dr. Paul Sonenthal, Associate Director, BRING O2 Principal Investigator, PIH, said, “I have been in hospitals where all the patients sat bolt upright, gasping because the oxygen cylinder ran out.” 

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