The Center for Public Health and Development (CPHD), a non-profit organization based in Nairobi, has been working for the past several years in East Africa to improve healthcare systems through training and other innovations. Its initiatives complement government efforts by providing essential infrastructure and training of health professionals for effective health service provision. The problem In 2013, an assessment in Western Kenya showed that hospitals in the region had a huge need for oxygen. Hospitals usually had to go collect oxygen cylinders from Kisumu, and had to depend on funds and transport. This meant that patients often had to wait or even go without this essential drug. In partnership with the Siaya District Hospital, GE Foundation, and frog Design and CPHD the first Hewa Tele Oxygen Plant was born in September 2014. The plant is fully operational and distributes oxygen in over ten countries reaching more than 3 Million residents in Western Kenya. Currently, discussions are underway to have similar setups in other counties in Kenya.
Improving access to essential healthcare is the main objective of CPHD, the parent organization. Improving the availability and affordability of oxygen, which is a WHO-recommended essential drug, is a key component of this mission. Hewa Tele was set up to ensure this.
Our Vision Make oxygen an essential part of emergency healthcare at all levels of facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Our Mission Provide regular supply of medical oxygen at affordable rates to reduce delays in access to emergency healthcare
This intitiative has been planned and implemented adhering to CPHD's approach: Identify >> Design >> Incubate >>Handover. While working on the maternal and child health programs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, one common gross inadequacy came up again and again. It was lack of oxygen. Oxygen was expensive and its supply was irregular. Scratching below the surface of the problem revealed a monopoly of a private operator in this space, a weak distribution network and almost no support for efficient application of oxygen.
The key barriers in the delivery of oxygen to patients are:
Manufacture and supply of oxygen in East Africa is mainly a private sector concern. What CPHD understood was it was essential to involve the public sector in order to make this program effective and sustainable.
Hewa Tele brings together the Ministry of Health, County Governments, Donor Financing(where applicable) and CPHD in a public-private partnership (PPP)—the first of its kind in Kenya in the field of medical oxygen.
The PPP is a guarantee for effective, efficient and quality-driven health services while the training component makes the solution complete.
Example: Siaya plant, Nakuru plant and Nairobi plant
Other than PPPs, We can still procure, install and maintain oxygen plants by direct procurement with private and public facilities
|PARTNERS||WHO DOES WHAT|
|County Governments||Plant hosts|
|Grand Challenges Canada||Funding|
|Assist International||Technical assistance|
|Frog Design||Program design and evaluation|
|Hewa Tele||Private operator looking into day-to-day operations|
|Mediquip Global||Installation,Repair and Maintenance|