Delivering lifesaving equipment on behalf of the Scottish Government
The Scottish Government have announced that a grant of more than £270,000 from the Scottish Government’s International Development Fund will be used to fund the supply of 300 items of vital equipment to treat Covid-19 patients in Africa.
We are proud that the Scottish Government have entrusted us to deliver 300 oxygen concentrators to their partner countries - Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia. Our expertise as a global health charity means we're uniquely placed to deliver this lifesaving equipment to our colleagues in these regions.
Cases in these countries are rising quickly, with the health system in Zambia especially under severe stress. We will coordinate the distribution of the oxygen equipment and arrange for delivery to doctors in Lusaka, Lilongwe and Kigali, and have the equipment distributed to the most in-demand hospitals.
Our model is to listen to doctors, then give them what they need - right now, the message is coming back loud and clear that what they need is access to more oxygen to fight Covid-19.
KidsOR CEO David Cunningham
Why are oxygen concentrators the best equipment to fight Covid-19?
One of the biggest impacts of the rise in COVID-19 cases is a shortage of oxygen, and oxygen concentrators are easy to use, are suitable for patients of all ages, and can be used throughout the health service.
They provide a sustainable and cost-effective source of medical oxygen – they draw air from the environment and then concentrate that room oxygen to therapeutic levels for delivery to patients. They are durable for years to come post-COVID, making them incredibly essential to support the health services in the long-term.
This funding for oxygen concentrators will go some way to help ease the current stress on the health services in our three African partner countries, and we are delighted to work with Kids Operating Room to make sure this vital equipment is put to use as soon as possible.
External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson