Oxygen System Planning Tool

An excel-based planning tool to help stakeholders plan their oxygen supply systems.

Patient in hospital with oxygen supply


UNICEF has developed an excel-based planning tool to help stakeholders at the national, subnational or health facility level plan their oxygen supply system, from the oxygen source to the patient delivery device. The tool and user guide can be downloaded at the link to the right.

The tool uses health facility-level input data and customizable country input parameters to calculate oxygen needs and recommend an oxygen source to meet those needs (i.e. a new local oxygen plant, concentrators, cylinders from a distant plant, or a mix). It provides lists of products for procurement and estimates cost, both capital and operating expenditures.  

Common use cases for the Tool

  • A specific health facility wants to improve availability of oxygen and better understand the different oxygen supply options and appropriate solutions available;
  • A country or region wants an overview of oxygen needs and oxygen source options across the country or region;
  • COVID-19 response: A country needs to make a plan to distribute the ‘X’ oxygen concentrators they will be receiving for COVID-19 response to appropriate facilities where they may be needed most


The purpose and functionality of the UNICEF tool is complimentary to the WHO Tools for COVID-19 response

  • WHO Essential Supplies Forecasting Tool Purpose: To help governments, partners, and other stakeholders to estimate potential requirements for essential supplies to respond to the current pandemic of COVID-19. The focus of this tool is to forecast essential supplies: it includes estimation of personal protective equipment, diagnostic equipment, biomedical equipment for case management, essential drugs for supportive care, and consumable medical supplies.
  • WHO Biomedical Equipment Inventory Tool (survey) Purpose: To collect facility data on the availability of biomedical equipment (oxygen, accessories and consumables) and ventilators at the country level. These data can serve to inform planning and readiness, at facilities and in-country, as well as to inform WHO’s global COVID-19 Supply Chain System of existing capacity so that appropriate equipment gets sent to where it can be absorbed, and in an equitable manner.


For assistance with the tool please contact us.

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