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Breath of Life - Oxygen for The Gambia

Oxygen is an essential life-saving medicine. Hospitals in the Gambia lack adequate oxygen. They have to rely on costly imported gas cylinders that quickly run out. This project will enable hospitals to generate their own oxygen from air, a free resource that does not run out, to save lives.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 April 2013 to 12:00 AM, 1 March 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1148254)


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The Gambia is a very poor country whose hospitals lack essential items, such as oxygen. Oxygen has to be imported from the neighbouring country Senegal in cylinders that are heavy, difficult and costly to transport. These gas cylinders are often old, corroded and leaky, making them potentially dangerous. A lack of oxygen at hospitals means that seriously ill patients, particularly sick babies, may die.


Our solution is to provide hospitals with equipment to make and store oxygen. An oxygen concentrator is a machine that makes oxygen from air, which is free and inexhaustible. The machine runs on electricity and produces oxygen at a fraction of the cost of importing cylinders. The oxygen generated can be stored in a tank, so it is always readily available when needed, even during power cuts. This is a low-cost way for hospitals to produce their own reliable oxygen supply, vital for saving lives.