The OpenO2 Mobile Workshops

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Malawi hard and we felt we needed to respond in as proactive a way as we could. With a donation from funds raised by students at http://www.giamicro.com/ we were able to purchase a used minibus and convert it to a mobile workshop. This enabled us to visit hospitals to conduct concentrator repairs in an efficient way, with all the tools and test equipment at our fingertips, in our own controlled environment. We initially estimate that there are more the 350 "dead" concentrators in the country and that if even half of these could be put back into service it can have a significant impact on the COVID pandemic. After having visited multiple hospitals finding many more dead concentrators than we initially anticipated, we now project there are roughly 850 concentrators in need of repair. The average price to repair a concentrator is less than the cost to refill three oxygen cylinders in Malawi, which would last a patient for only 1 days. As the demand for our services soared we started looking for funding for a second mobile workshop that would allow us to work faster. Malawi Children's Initiative came to our rescue with a fundraising campaign that enabled us to get a second minibus, which has also been fitted with workbenches and equipped with tools and spare parts. Check back regularly to keep track of our progress on oxygen concentrator repairs shown below.

OpenO2-Mobile Site visits

Kamuzu Central Hospital - 12 units repaired

Lilongwe District Health Office / Bwaila District Hospital - 7 units repaired

Zomba Central Hospital - 13 units repaired

Mzuzu Central Hospital - 15 units repaired

Ekwendeni Mission Hospital - 8 repaired

David Gordon Memorial Hospital - 5 repaired

Kasungu District Hospital - 8 units repaired

St. Andrews Health Center - 6 units repaired

Mchinji District Hospital - 7 units repaired

Ntcheu District Hospital - 10 units repaired

Dedza District Hospital - 6 units repaired

Chiradzulu District Hospital - 11 units repaired

Mulanje District Hospital - 5 units repaired

Thyolo District Hospital - 21 units repaired

Mulanje Mission Hospital - 5 units repaired

Ntchisi District Hospital - 5 units repaired

Dowa District Hospital - 1 unit repaired

Salima district Hospital - 13 units repaired

Rumphi District Hospital - 8 units repaired

Chitipa District Hospital - 8 units repaired

Mzimba District Hospital - 10 units repaired

Karonga District Hospital - 11 units repaired

Nkhotakota District Hospital - 14 units repaired