Making the case for oxygen: Ensuring continued investment in medical oxygen systems

November 10, 2022 by PATH

As the world advances UHC, pandemic preparedness, and health system strengthening, these efforts must include ensuring access to medical oxygen everywhere.

Oxygen access has been a long-neglected element of health system planning—a critical gap that cost thousands of lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to surging demand, partners across the globe came together to rapidly scale up access to oxygen for sick patients, but we are at risk of losing this momentum. As the pandemic response subsides, public health partners and stakeholders must ensure these gains are not lost and that sustainable investments are made in oxygen systems for pneumonia, COVID-19, and beyond.

In this PATH Live Forum, attendees will learn about the impact of oxygen access from the brother of a COVID-19 patient, hear from thought leaders about challenges and solutions associated with sustainable oxygen access, and gain new insights for energizing long-term oxygen investment.

Visit PATH’s campaign for World Pneumonia Day to read stories of impact.


Barun Rauniyar, Biomedical Engineer, World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office

Birane Mbodji, Head of Neonatal Health and Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Office, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Action

Eng. Millicent Alooh, Biomedical Engineer, M.P. Shah Hospital in Kenya

Mohammad Ameel, Technical Officer, Assistive Technology, World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office

Raphael Kayambankadza, Market Dynamics Officer, PATH

Lisa Smith, Portfolio Director, Access to Medical Devices, Market Dynamics Program, PATH (moderator)

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