Public-private partnership celebrates opening of new Amhara Region Oxygen Centre in Ethiopia
Buffalo, NY, June 6, 2019 – AirSep® Corporation, the commercial division of CAIRE® Inc., is playing a major role in providing lifesaving medical oxygen to the new Amhara Region Oxygen Centre in Ethiopia at the Felege Hiwot Hospital in Bahir Dar and the Dessie Referral Hospital in Dessie.
Two AirSep Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Medical Oxygen Plants, manufactured at the Buffalo, NY, facility, serve as the flagship of the project – providing a critical and consistent supply of medical oxygen to hospitals in the region with the potential to serve millions of patients.
Public, private and charitable organizations worked together on this critical project, which took more than three years of planning and development. Coming together to enhance access and improve quality of surgical and anesthesia care in Ethiopia were Assist International, a US-based non-governmental organization which facilitated the development of the project, the Federal Ministry of Health, Amhara Regional Health Bureau, GE Foundation through the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative, Grand Challenges Canada, and other local stakeholders.
According to the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative, the new facility is the difference between life and death for children with pneumonia in this region. Prior to the center opening in late March, statistics showed one in three health care facilities in East Africa did not have an adequate or consistent supply of medical oxygen, forcing clinicians to choose who would or would not receive medical oxygen under their care.
Assist International selected AirSep products based on their excellence in providing quality equipment, technical on-site support, innovation in gas generation, and continued development of PSA Oxygen systems.
“AirSep commercial products are known all over the world for their quality and craftsmanship, and in this circumstance can make all the difference in supporting life for millions of people, including critically-ill children. We are honored to be a part of this initiative and the impact it will make today and for future generations,” Angelo Barberic, AirSep Regional Sales Manager of Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
The plants will be managed through an innovative public-private partnership business model managed by Assist International/AI Medical Oxygen Production PLC that will create a locally-run, reliable and revenue generating oxygen production and distribution system, thus allowing the income generated to be reinvested into strengthening the health care system in the Amhara region.
Special guests at the ceremony included: H.E. Mrs. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia; H.E. Dr. Amir Aman, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health; Mrs. Brenda Mbathi, GE’s East Africa CEO; Mr. Ralph Sudfeld, Assist International President and CEO; and Mr. Jim Stunkel, Assist International Vice President and Director of Programs Operations; and several other strategic partners.
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About AirSep Corporation
AirSep is the world leader in Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) and Vacuum Pressure Swing Adsorption (VPSA) oxygen systems. AirSep’s wide-range of oxygen products have been installed globally for over 30 years and serve several applications and industries such as, bioremediation, fish farming, gold leaching, hospitals/medical facilities, odor control, water/wastewater treatment, and much more.
About CAIRE Inc.
CAIRE Inc., headquartered in Ball Ground, GA, USA, has been a leading global manufacturer of oxygen supply equipment for more than 50 years. CAIRE’s portfolio, marketed under the AirSep, CAIRE, HELiOS and SeQual brands, includes portable and stationary oxygen therapy devices and turnkey on-site generation commercial solutions. These products support home care, hospice, long-term care, hospitals, military, and key industrial applications. www.caireinc.com