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COVID-19 Respiratory Care Response Coordination project

Studies have shown that approximately 41 percent of confirmed COVID-19 patients—and in severe cases, more than 60 percent—received oxygen therapy to support breathing. In many health facilities across low- and middle-income countries, however, oxygen therapy—including diagnosis, generation, and delivery equipment—is not reliably available.

Many of the tools and capabilities needed to overcome these barriers already exist across different global health and implementing organizations, manufacturers and suppliers, and country governments. To ensure that those who need respiratory care support due to COVID-19, or beyond, receive it, immediate steps are necessary to coordinate the global response that prioritizes reliable access to oxygen.

This fact sheet offers an overview of the project to support countries in planning and executing a respiratory care plan to meet the demands of COVID-19, as well as pursue strategies to help prioritize and improve access to oxygen therapy and other essential equipment involved in respiratory care as an integral part of health systems strengthening, beyond the pandemic response.

Publication date: May 2020

Available materials

  1. English

    1. COVID-19 Respiratory Care Response Coordination project 268.2 KB PDF
  2. French

    1. Coordination à la prise en charge des affections respiratoires liées à la COVID-19 177.3 KB PDF
  3. Other

    1. COVID-19 ရောဂါ တုံ့ပြန်ဆောင်ရွက်မှု၏ အသက်ရှူလမ်းကြောင်းဆိုင်ရာပြုစုကုသခြင်း ပူးပေါင်းဆောင်ရွက်ရေးစီမံကိန်း 193.1 KB PDF


  4. Portuguese

    1. Projecto de Coordenação da Resposta de Cuidados Respiratórios para a COVID-19 169.7 KB PDF
  5. Vietnamese

    1. Dự án phối hợp đáp ứng chăm sóc hô hấp trong bối cảnh COVID-19 188.8 KB PDF