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Influenza

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for oxygen and other respiratory care supplies and equipment around the globe.In response, PATH conducted a biomedical equipment survey in 692 health facilities across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The purpose of the survey was to quantify the existing oxygen production and delivery equipment, consumables for administering oxygen therapy, bed capacity, and facility infrastructure that are relevant to providing respiratory care. Survey results suggest an overall scarcity of critical equipment and unequal distribution across surveyed facilities in the DRC.This report summarizes observations from the collected data and is intended to help global and national stakeholders understand COVID-19 treatment capacity in DRC.
    Published: March 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  2. Decisions in the procurement and effective management of equipment contribute to determining the capacity of health facilities in treating COVID-19 patients specifically and providing oxygen therapy in general. The objective of the study is to describe systems for procurement and management of medical equipment and supplies in Vietnam in general and for care and treatment of COVID-19 patients in particular, including medical oxygen.Data collected in this study will help the Vietnam Ministry of Health and PATH analyze current procurement practices, explore strategies, and provide the technical support needed to increase access to respiratory care for patients in need in Vietnam. The data collected will also help describe current systems for procurement and management of medical equipment, supplies, and medical oxygen in health facilities at different levels of the health system in Vietnam. Understanding how to manage medical equipment and supplies in general and respiratory care equipment specifically can help mobilize or reallocate equipment among health facilities effectively, especially in emergencies. This information can be used for decision-making and recommendations for future procurement and management of medical equipment and supplies.
    Published: February 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  3. Medical devices are often neglected in health system planning, despite playing a critical role in diagnosis and treatment of numerous medical conditions. Since 2016, PATH has worked with the Indonesia Ministry of Health (MOH) and local partners to strengthen access to medical devices, including assessing availability of respiratory care equipment, establishing an oxygen working group and facilitating its participation in an international convening. In 2021, PATH focused on strengthening COVID-19 respiratory care response efforts and improving access to a broader range of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) devices. This factsheet provides additional details on these critical efforts.
    Published: January 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  4. The key objective of this report is to provide an overview of the respiratory care equipment supplier landscape in Vietnam. This document was jointly produced by PATH and the Vietnam Ministry of Health Cabinet Office to provide buyers with a preliminary assessment of respiratory care equipment availability in Vietnam’s domestic market. For each type of product, the document includes a list of suppliers, general and specification considerations, and product price range.Products covered in this report are equipment and consumables necessary for the provision of medical oxygen, such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, patient monitors, pulse oximeters, and delivery interfaces.Audiences who may find this report useful include local government decision-makers, such as ministries of health; health facility procurement officers; and global organizations, such as multilateral agencies. Information in this report could offer insights into product offerings, pricing information, and supplier capacity. The document may also benefit distributors and wholesalers of RC equipment who can derive a deeper knowledge of the competitive landscape for their services and potential market opportunities.This market report focuses primarily on Vietnam distributors and manufacturers of respiratory care equipment. The information was collected between July and November 2021. Any information should be taken as indicative only and should be verified with individual suppliers by the buyers at the relevant stage in the procurement process.
    Published: January 2022
    Type: Resource Page
  5. In 2020, the government of Vietnam successfully prevented widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the country, thus avoiding an oxygen shortage crisis, through implementation of an effective prevention strategy. However, the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus caused the number of cases to sharply increase, and cases are starting to rise again as the country enters the new “normal” phase. Therefore, it is crucial to understand Vietnam’s oxygen supply capacity to effectively respond to any challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic or another disease outbreak of a similar scale may bring in the coming months or years.This report examines the state of medical oxygen supply in Vietnam and offers insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the oxygen supply system. In addition, the document provides an overview of medical oxygen consumption in Vietnam before and during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as recommendations for enhancing equitable oxygen access. Information in this report may be used by local government decision-makers for oxygen planning purposes, as well as other low- and middle-income country decision-makers intending to implement oxygen solutions in their respective countries in the near future.
    Published: December 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  6. Despite the critical role that medical oxygen plays in the treatment for numerous disease areas, many health facilities still lack access to this lifesaving treatment. This situation is often attributed to the cost of oxygen and related infrastructure; in reality, oxygen access barriers are complex and rarely linked to a single factor. Understanding the prevailing business models for oxygen production, storage, distribution, and delivery can provide important context as to how and why oxygen provision is limited in many countries. Scaling up oxygen globally will require significant shifts in many of the current business models prevalent in low- and middle-income countries.COVID-19 has cast a spotlight on oxygen, a health area that has long been neglected by the global community. With this attention, it is critical that decision-makers and implementers understand the complexities of the oxygen ecosystem, the various business models that comprise it, and how they impact patient access. This brief introduces the oxygen ecosystem that business models operate within and then outlines four types of business models: bulk supply agreements, cash-and-carry filling stations, direct equipment purchases, and equipment leasing.
    Published: October 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  7. In West Africa and around the world, scaling up access to oxygen is one of the most effective, and critical, actions that decision-makers can take to improve health outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations such as newborns, children, and pregnant women. The COVID-19 pandemic has further emphasized the vital role of respiratory care for patients struggling to breathe. Respiratory care requires investment in strengthening health care delivery systems, including supply management and provider training.This brief summarizes Senegal’s and Burkina Faso’s efforts toward establishing a comprehensive and sustainable oxygen system to address respiratory care needs beyond COVID-19, and demonstrates the type of support PATH can provide in this process.
    Published: October 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  8. Why is vaccination in pregnancy—or maternal immunization— important for public health? Here are 10 reasons.
    Published: October 2021
    Type: Article
  9. Relative to its population and other countries, Vietnam has experienced few COVID-19 cases, a testament to strategies by the Government of Vietnam to combat the pandemic. Quick action to limit foreign travel, contain outbreaks, and treat patients has meant that, throughout most of the pandemic, the people of Vietnam have been able to live life as normal. However, since July 2021, cases rose to levels of approximately 10,000 to 14,000 per day, and it is important to remain vigilant and constantly assess the strengths and weaknesses of the health system to ensure that any challenges presented by COVID-19 can be overcome.This report is an assessment on the state of medical oxygen and respiratory care equipment needed for COVID-19 patient treatment in Vietnam. In addition, because medical oxygen and respiratory care equipment are needed also for pneumonia, newborn conditions, asthma, heart failure, obstetric emergencies, and surgery, the findings from this report offer important lessons for improving the health system in general and preparing for the next pandemic.
    Published: September 2021
    Type: Resource Page
  10. As part of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a proliferation of procurement options providing respiratory care equipment and related services to treat severe and critical COVID-19 patients. However, there is limited awareness of the various procurement options available to prospective buyers and how to utilize them.This summary brief highlights respiratory care equipment procurement options and organizations that play a pivotal role in financing, coordinating, and conducting such procurements. It aims to increase awareness of the various procurement options available to prospective respiratory care equipment buyers—such as public procurement entities at national and subnational levels, public and private health facilities, and nongovernmental organizations—in order to inform purchasing decisions. It also aims to strengthen coordination among the global respiratory care equipment community by increasing understanding of each organization’s offerings and capabilities.
    Published: August 2021
    Type: Resource Page
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