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This is an oxygen concentrator. These machines take in air and remove nitrogen from it, leaving an oxygen-enriched gas for use by people requiring medical oxygen due to low oxygen levels in their blood.[1]  

The machine you see on the right was in use in the inpatient ward at Leer Hospital in South Sudan on my third mission with Médecins Sans Frontières  / Doctors Without Borders . I like the smart little innovation used as a ‘splitter’ to create two pipes from the concentrator , its a stethoscope with its chest and ear pieces removed.

This was the only supply of oxygen in the ward. Leer Hospital was an extremely remote facility covering a vast catchment area. There was no chance of establishing a supply line of bottled oxygen.

Life saving equipment such as this is funded by you. You can see the price – around £1000, it is not a huge amount to provide something as fundamental. As we press on with the fund-raising work this year and plan for our next big challenge , may I ask you to once again consider donating to my fundraiser through this link . It would be wonderful if you would also share my posts and help me reach a wider audience.

Thank you all once again.

 

 

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