OXYGEN

THERAPY

Oxygen Therapy
The Issue
Low blood oxygen, or hypoxemia, is a life-threatening complication of many illnesses such as pneumonia and malaria, as well as preterm birth, surgery, labor and delivery, and other conditions. Hypoxemia contributes to over 800,000 preventable deaths in low-income countries every year. Providing concentrated medical oxygen, known as oxygen therapy, can prevent many of these deaths. But treatment in low-income countries is often limited by poor hypoxemia diagnosis and unreliable oxygen supplies, due to high prices and weak maintenance systems. Pulse oximeters, simple handheld devices that measure blood oxygen saturation to identify which patients need oxygen, aren’t available in over 90 percent of facilities, and fewer than half of all facilities have access to oxygen.
CHAI's Approach
CHAI is working to expand access to medical oxygen in five countries with the highest rates of mortality for pediatric pneumonia – India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda – with an emphasis on vulnerable groups such as newborns and children. In addition, we support governments and health administrators to improve hypoxemia screening, through training and access to critical tools like pulse oximeters, and in reforming national policies and financing to sustain these improvements. By driving better hypoxemia management in just these five countries, we can prevent 40,000 deaths every year, and cut hypoxemia-related deaths in half by 2025.

Meet the team leading our oxygen work.
The time to invest in oxygen is now
We have teamed up with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) on a proposal to transform access to lifesaving oxygen in low- and middle-income countries. The proposal is a finalist in 100&Change — a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

We need to invest in oxygen today to respond to COVID-19 - and build stronger oxygen delivery systems that can treat patients in the future.

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Results
3x
increase in oxygen administered to hypoxemic children in 30 hospitals in Northern Nigeria
62%
reduction in cost of pulse oximeters in Kenya
100%
hypoxemic children in Ethiopia who received oxygen at 12 health centers equipped with pulse oximeters
8x
increase in pulse oximetry screening in Madhya Pradesh, India
Our Work
Spotlight

CHAI works with Nigeria to #StopPneumonia in its tracks

Investing in oxygen to respond to COVID-19 now – and build stronger delivery systems in the future

Join the Team

CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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Join the Team

CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

View All CHAI Positions View Program Positions