The OxBox

Project Introduction

The treatment of COVID-19 begins with oxygen. While the pandemic did not create the global scarcity of oxygen, it has more than exacerbated it, amplifying existing health inequities in communities across the world. The WHO reports that less than half of health facilities in low- and middle-income countries have access to an uninterrupted supply of oxygen. BHI's solution is the Oxbox, a cost-effective, rapidly-deployable solution addressing the biggest barriers to oxygen delivery: cost and unreliable electricity. With OxBox, BHI aims to both support the ongoing pandemic response while minimizing interruptions to critical, ongoing primary and secondary care.

Build Health International

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  • Timeline
    May 2020 - Present
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Build Health International

Project Description

COVID-19 has once again shown the importance of oxygen to a strong public health system. On average, 20 percent of hospitalized COVID patients require oxygen, and in many cases, it is the only intervention that saves lives. With COVID-19 overwhelming even the most robust health systems, rapidly scaling up oxygen delivery capacity in low-resource settings is the best way to avert unnecessary death.

OxBox is Build Health International’s (BHI) solution to this challenge. Oxbox is a cost-effective, rapidly-deployable solution addressing the two biggest barriers to oxygen delivery: cost and unreliable electricity. These barriers are particularly acute for small and midsize inpatient facilities, which lack budgets for large on-site oxygen plants, but also face interruptions to power supply that typically render bedside oxygen concentrators ineffective. In 2015, the WHO found only one third of health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa had “reliable” access to electricity.

Oxbox solves this problem by packaging and delivering existing, time-tested components: five bedside concentrators capable of delivering oxygen at a rate of 10 liters per minute; a lithium-ion Tesla Powerwall battery converts intermittent power to a continuous flow, keeping the system running 24/7; and solar array or generator to supplement energy supply where electrical grids are particularly unreliable.

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Major Funding Partners

  • Godley Family Foundation