11/11/2022

The innovative Oxygen Plant-in-a-Box saves the lives of children suffering from pneumonia

In Uganda, six-month-old Constance suffers from a cough, a growing fever and difficulty breathing. Her parents immediately rush her to the hospital where she is diagnosed with pneumonia since there are insufficient levels of oxygen in her blood. She is immediately started on antibiotics and hooked up to oxygen.  Only a few months earlier, oxygen…, What do Rothana and Constance have in common?, Both had rapid access to oxygen, an WHO Model Lists of Essential Medicines essential medicine for treating children suffering from the deadliest infectious disease for children. Childhood pneumonia: Everything you need to know Pneumonia kills 2,000 children under the age of five each day globally , at least one child every 43 seconds. Every year,…, What is an Oxygen Plant-in-a-Box?, It’s an all-in-one solution to produce large volumes of medical oxygen. It involves the delivery and installation of a fully functional Pressure Swing Absorption Plant. Countries can choose between several different options in terms of production capacity as well as whether to be delivered as a containerized option or installed in a dedicated…, What does “impact” mean?, It means Rothana and Constance’s family can watch their children experience childhood, play with friends, go to school and grow into adults. It means hundreds of thousands of other children will have access to oxygen near Rothana and Constance’s home. In fact, the new plant near Constance’s home, at Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital, covers an…, The availability to oxygen was the difference between life and death for baby Shadrak who was rushed to Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda to treat severe pneumonia. He is pictured with his mother, Nassanga Doreen. “Having an in-house oxygen plant producing 30 to 40 cylinders of oxygen per day is a great relief. It significantly has…, UNICEF/UN0730079/Rutherford Smiling plant operators Kiinumulo Joshua (right) and Kiyozi Yusufu in front of the “Pressure Swing Absorption” oxygen plant at Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital, in Uganda. Uganda-UN0730073-2022, Plant operators Kiinumulo Joshua (right) and Kiyozi Yusufu in front of the new Oxygen Plant-in-a-Box at Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital. This plant can fill up to 140 oxygen cylinders in 24 hours and is enough to sustain not only the 200-bed hospital, but also other lower-level facilities in seven neighbouring districts in central Uganda. The…, UNICEF/UN0730073/Rutherford Wooden boxes with all pieces of the skid-mounted oxygen plant in Cambodia. Cambodia-unpacked-oxygen-plant-2022, All pieces to the Oxygen Plant-in-a-Box when arrived in Cambodia. The boxes arrived with clear instructions for use, installation, and maintenance at 16 Makara Provincial Hospital in Preah Bihear. In addition to the plant, UNICEF mobilized US $5.7 million through ACT-A SFF (Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator Supplies Financing Facility) to…, UNICEF/Cambodia/ChumMaro Ms. Vong Bobta, 65-years-old, sitting on a hospital bed. Cambodia-oxygen-VongBobta-2022, The new oxygen plant in Preah Bihear, Cambodia supports a wide range of patients with various conditions. Ms. Vong Bobta, 65 years old, who lives with diabetes and hypertension, was found unconscious at her home one day. Her family immediately rushed her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and put on oxygen. “I have more peace…, UNICEF/2022/Cambodia/JGill Imran Asgar (1-year-old) on a hospital bed with his mom while he receives oxygen support during his treatment at Guru Gobindsingh Government Hospital in Jamnagar. India-UN0689291-2022, In India, Imran Asgar (1 year old) receives oxygen support during his treatment at a paediatric ward at Guru Gobindsingh Government Hospital in Jamnagar. UNICEF supported the installation of an oxygen generation plant at the hospital in May 2021 (separate from the Plant-in-a-Box project), which provides piped oxygen to each bed in the paediatric…, UNICEF/UN0689291/Panjwani An oxygen generation plant provided by UNICEF and installed at the Guru Gobindsingh government hospital, Jamnagar, India. India-UN0687897-2022, An oxygen generation plant provided by UNICEF (separate from the “Plant-in-a-Box” project) and installed at the Guru Gobindsingh government hospital, Jamnagar, India., UNICEF/UN0687897/Panjwani Baby Shadrak, who is a year and a half old, and his mother Nassanga Doreen in Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda. Smiling plant operators Kiinumulo Joshua (right) and Kiyozi Yusufu in front of the “Pressure Swing Absorption” oxygen plant at Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital, in Uganda. Wooden boxes with all…, What’s next?, World Pneumonia Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements made in bringing oxygen closer to children suffering from pneumonia and many other patients of all ages in need – be it through the 110 new Plants-in-a-Box; the tens of thousands of concentrators, innovative pulse oximeters and other essential oxygen equipment delivered to…
15/04/2021

A SPRINT during the pandemic to stop pneumonia

When we think of hospitals, what may first come to mind is bright florescent lit hallways, the beeping sounds of heart monitors, cabinets filled with antibiotics and medicines, and plastic tubing of free-flowing oxygen hooked up to patients. In most regional or city hospitals across the world, this essential equipment and medicines are readily…, 1 - The tools of oxygen, Ensuring access to oxygen therapy is not the simplest of feats. Medical oxygen first needs to be concentrated, either chemically extracted from the ambient air (i.e. via an oxygen plant or concentrator) or vaporized from a liquid form and then either stored for transportation (i.e. via oxygen cylinders) or directly provided to patients (i.e. via a…, 2 - The right way to provide oxygen  , Purchasing equipment is only one part of the puzzle. There’s immense planning required to ensure the equipment is of the correct type, size and amount, and that there are maintenance plans in place, sufficient power available, and that people are trained to use the equipment properly. The photos below display three key programming pieces that…, 3 - Amoxicillin dispersible tablets - the treatment, When a patient becomes severely ill or suffers respiratory distress, oxygen is crucial to keeping the person stable and well enough to receive a medical treatment. However, this usually does not resolve the underlying condition. For pneumonia, antibiotics are needed to stop the infection of the lungs and fend off the disease. For children, the…, So, what is “SPRINT?”, SPRINT doesn’t focus on creating any new products or devices, but instead works to ensure access to already proven treatment to pneumonia. It’s a structured approach to implementing oxygen therapy and amoxicillin DT, consisting of first identifying the key bottlenecks and secondly utilizing existing knowledge to overcome these bottlenecks.   The ‘…