In Kenya, Making Room to Breathe

A public-private partnership in Kenya is providing life-saving oxygen therapy in a part of the world where few health facilities can access it.

The WHO estimates less than half of African health facilities have medical-grade oxygen on hand, write Justus Wanzala and Adri Kotze.

But 4 years ago Hewa Tele, meaning “abundant air,” built an oxygen plant at a referral hospital that serves dozens of facilities and trains staff to administer the gas. Pneumonia deaths have reportedly declined and hospital stays are shorter.

And with oxygen “at arm’s reach,” says nurse Gladys Odembo: “We can save the lives of preterm babies who can’t breathe normally.”


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