Gerry Douglas - Founder
Gerry holds a Diploma in Electronics Technology from Camosum College in Canada, a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Victoria, a Master’s degree in information science and PhD in biomedical informatics from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and directs the Center for Health Informatics for the Underserved. Gerry has been working in the field of applied global health informatics since 2001 culminating in the 2011 University of Victoria Faculty of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of applied global health informatics. He is also a member of the inaugural group of Technology, Entertainment & Design (TED) Fellow since 2009. More recently, Gerry has established the Global Health Informatics Institute (GHII) in Malawi.
Gerry has had an interest in oxygen technology for the past 20 years, and has created service learning opportunities for interns attending GHII to learn about oxygen concentrator technology and develop innovations to improve the sustainability of this technology in low-income country settings.
Timothy Mtonga - Director, GHII
Timothy is the Director of the Global Health Informatics Institute , under which the Open O2 initiative operates. Timothy strives to improve health care delivery through the development and maintenance of biomedical informatics interventions. He graduated from the University of Malawi with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and worked in applied global health informatics for three years prior to joining a biomedical informatics master’s program at University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Timothy completed his Masters in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh and continued on to his PhD, which he defended in April 2020. Timothy’s research has focused primarily on building interventions to improve laboratory and pharmacy services in low- and middle-income countries.
Chipi holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering as well as Electronics & Electrical Engineering, and is trained in automotive mechanics. Chipi focuses on the mechanical aspects of oxygen concentrators including the compressor and valves. He also maintains all the equipment in the workshop.
Mwabi Graduated from Daeyang university with a bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Technology. Mwabi does general repairs and testing.
Mtheto graduated from Daeyang University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Mtheto does general repairs and testing.
George completed a Bachelor of Electronics and Computer Engineering (Hons) at the University of Malawi Polytechnic. George does general repairs and testing.