Why join us?

You can make a huge difference by helping to design, develop, and scale life-saving resources that are currenlty unavailable to millions of people throughout Africa. 

Please join the Covent Challenge, the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM), and VentureWell to meet the O2 Challenge. 

Why is oxygen so important in the treatment of COVID-19?

COVID-19 can cause severe pneumonia (or lung infection).  When the infection is severe, the effort of breathing increases, making it difficult to supply oxygen to vital organs. It is estimated that about one in five people with COIVD-19 will require oxygen therapy.

Why are you focusing on Africa?

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have severe health and economic consequences in African countries.

 

These countries are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 as more than 40% of the population lives in dense urban environments; sanitation measures are frequently lacking; and health services, including oxygen, are often unavailable. 

What is needed?

The medical supply gap for oxygen concentrators in Africa has been estimated to be between 1-3 million units.