Air Liquide inaugurates the first Oxygen House in Senegal

May 15, 2017

Today, Air Liquide has inaugurated in Thiès, Senegal, the first Oxygen House, a central location for the Access Oxygen offering, aimed at making medical oxygen accessible to small health posts and health centers. These structures offer a first level access to healthcare for patients living in suburban and rural areas in emerging countries. Initially deployed in Thiès, Access Oxygen will ultimately be available throughout Senegal. This project is part of the Group’s Inclusive Business approach.

There are over 140 small health structures in the Thiès region which provide a population of over 1.4 million inhabitants, including the poorest, with local access to healthcare and medication. As there is no appropriate offering, these structures do not currently have access to medical oxygen, although it is essential in the treatment of respiratory and heart diseases and to fight against mother and baby mortality.

Access Oxygen is a full-service enabling small health structures to benefit from the equipment and services needed to use medical oxygen in the treatment of acute diseases. This solution notably includes a mobile oxygen source in the event that the patient is sent to hospital, and a training and maintenance programs for healthcare professionals. A specific digital application has been designed for doctors and nurses in these small health structures. It is aimed at assisting them in making decisions as to whether or not an adult, child or baby patient should be given emergency oxygen. The Access Oxygen application also enables them to create a first level patient record.

The medical and technical teams of the health structures in Senegal receive training at the Oxygen House led by an Air Liquide intrapreneur. This one, as a biomedical engineer, is the single contact person for health posts and health centers with regard to medical oxygen and also ensures ongoing monitoring and maintenance of equipment to guarantee patient safety and ensure reliability.

Inclusive Business is an economic activity targeted the BoP (Bottom of the Pyramid) market which, while maintaining its profitability objective, has a social impact that benefits low-income communities and promotes innovation. The contribution by Inclusive Business is based on integration of communities in the value chain as suppliers, distributors, employees or consumers.

Supplies medical gases, home healthcare services, hygiene products, medical equipment and specialty ingredients. In 2016, it served over 15,000 hospitals and clinics and more than 1.4 million patients at home throughout the world. The Group’s Healthcare business reached €3,111 million in revenues in 2016, with the support of its 15,000 employees.

Air Liquide settled in Dakar, Senegal in 1929, and now serves more than 250 customers through the production units in Dakar and Richard Toll. Air Liquide Senegal offers a wide range of industrial and medical, ultra-pure and speciality gases, for a variety of business sectors: oil and gas, mines and quarries, food industry, metal fabrication and construction, healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry and research centres.