Updated Mar 26, 2021

Solar Powered Oxygen Delivery

https://www.solaroxygen.org/

Michael Hawkes

Saving lives with the power of the sun

Solar Powered Oxygen Delivery (SPO2) is an innovative technology for delivering supplemental oxygen therapy in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where existing oxygen solutions are either unavailable or unreliable. Pneumonia is the leading cause of pediatric mortality globally, yet access to essential oxygen therapies is limited in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Current o...
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Solar Powered Oxygen Delivery (SPO2) is an innovative technology for delivering supplemental oxygen therapy in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where existing oxygen solutions are either unavailable or unreliable. Pneumonia is the leading cause of pediatric mortality globally, yet access to essential oxygen therapies is limited in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Current oxygen solutions such as cylinders and grid-powered concentrators depend on robust supply chains and electrical networks, and are therefore unreliable in low-resource settings. Our innovation is a solar-powered oxygen (SPO2) system consisting of an oxygen concentrator, connected to a battery bank and solar panels, which produces medical grade oxygen without access to the power grid. These systems, currently implemented in Uganda, are reliable, sustainable, cost-effective, and non-inferior to traditional oxygen delivery methods. Our team at empewo is working with Grand Challenges Canada and the Clinton Health Access Initiative to scale up solar-powered oxygen to 20 sites across Uganda in 2018. With further expansion planned in the years to come, we hope to help address the significant burden of pediatric pneumonia in resource-limited settings across the world.
How does your innovation work?
Pneumonia is a major cause of child mortality globally. Yet life-saving oxygen therapy is challenging to administer in remote areas. Our bold idea is to develop and test solar powered oxygen concentrators. Starting with abundant, freely available resources, we can use the sun to extract oxygen from air to rescue children with pneumonia.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Solar Powered Oxygen Delivery (SPO2) systems are implemented in 20 sites across Uganda, and have demonstrated sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. Our transition to scale includes identifying mortality benefit for treating pneumonia in children.
Registered in Canadain Canada

Focus Areas:

Solar, Infectious & Vector Diseases and Medical Devices

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Implemented In:

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Somalia and Uganda

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Countries Implemented In
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The Team Behind the Innovation

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Jan 2021
New Country Implemented In
Somalia
Jan 2018
New Country Implemented In
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Apr 2013
Date Unknown
Created
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Uganda