We aim to avert deaths from oxygen shortages in the short term by immediately deploying 40,000 reusable oxygen cylinders and 20,000 oxygen concentrators in various cities and towns across India. Through this initiative, we will work with partners to establish a stable, reliable oxygen supply system for India for the long term.
1. Increase access to medical oxygen at home.
Model 1: Patient model - Solving the problem of last-mile delivery through our triage system and reliable supply
We are using a triaging system that involves 4-5 local hospitals per city operating in low-income communities. Eligible patients are prioritized by a team of doctors from each partner hospital, based on key clinical and economic parameters. These patients are able to pick up oxygen cylinders and concentrators at zero cost, but against a nominal, fully refundable deposit to ensure that these are returned, in order for the oxygen resources to be utilized optimally.
Model 2: Rural model - Strengthening the health system by lending oxygen equipment to organizations that serve rural communities
OFI is providing oxygen equipment on a fully returnable basis to support Equipment Operator Partners (EOPs) primarily meeting oxygen equipment needs in rural, small towns, and peri-urban areas of India. We are targeting organizations serving rural communities to expand our reach and impact more people. We have already piloted this model in Pilani, Rajasthan, a remote town 5 hours from Delhi, which was recently declared as a containment zone. We now plan to establish similar networks across rural India, starting with the town of Melmaruvathur, Tamil Nadu. We are also partnering with Rotary under this model.
Our long term vision:
Utilization of funds:
All raised funds support the purchase of cylinders and concentrators, setting up operations, and transportation costs. We receive funds through the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), a 501c3 organization and global research organization that has been at the forefront of COVID-19 research, including leading the largest COVID-19 contact tracing study in the world. In India, we receive funds through the Tech4Health Foundation, a registered non-profit with 12a registration and an 80g tax exemption. Contributions from taxpayers in the US and India are fully tax-exempt to the extent of the law.
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