Working alongside the UK Medical Research Council in The Gambia, Dulas engineers supplied a clean, secure power source to medical researchers in Fajara. The power supply enabled medical researchers to complete the first phase of their project looking into how power supply affects infant death due to pneumonia. The battery powered medical oxygen delivery system enables the concentrator to be available to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The next phase of the project will be to integrate solar energy to provide a completely sustainable and free source of energy in this emergency setting.
The study undertook an analysis of the provision of oxygen for severe pneumonia patients in The Gambia and the findings were shocking. A government led team visited health facilities using a WHO assessment tool to determine oxygen requirements across the country's health network.
The majority (58%) were found to have less than 12 hours of electricity per day. One major obstacle to the effective use of oxygen concentrators in resource poor settings is the need for a constant power supply. The Gambia has a population of 1.4m, over 40% of whom are less than 15 years of age. The reduction of childhood pneumonia remains a key objective of the 4th UN Sustainable Development Goal of reducing under 5 mortality by two thirds by 2015.
Beverly Bradley - Research Scientist
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