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 29 designated COVID-19 treatment centers across 13 of 14 regions in Senegal. The purpose of this survey was to quantify existing oxygen delivery and production equipment, consumables for administering oxygen therapy, bed capacity, and facility infrastructure characteristics that are relevant to providing respiratory care. The results indicated that intensive care unit bed capacity was a key constraining factor to oxygen therapy, and there was significant scarcity of oxygen delivery equipment across Senegal, with available oxygen equipment often totaling far less than the number of reported beds.
This report summarizes observations from the collected data and is intended to help global and national stakeholders understand COVID-19 treatment capacity in Senegal.
Publication date: April 2021