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Air Liquide’s new "inclusive" offer in Sénégal

More than 4 billion people live on less than six dollars a day in developing economies. Proposing appropriate offers that are adapted to this BoP (Bottom of the Pyramid) market helps reduce poverty while building a win-win relationship. Spotlight on Access Oxygen, the new “inclusive” healthcare offer launched in Senegal.

Bring profitability and social impact together

This is known as inclusive business: it is not philanthropy, but an economic activity which, while maintaining its profitability objective, has a social impact that benefits low-income communities and promotes innovation. These communities are thus integrated in the value chain as suppliers, distributors, employees or consumers.

"Inclusive business is a way of finding new growth drivers  and having a social impact at the same time. It also allows the Air Liquide Group to innovate in a different way" explains Priscilla Rozé-Pagès, Director, Inclusive Business at Air Liquide.

Understanding inclusive business in 1 minute

Access Oxygen, an all-in-one healthcare offer in Senegal

Access Oxygen is the new inclusive business project developed by the i-Lab, Air Liquide’s innovation laboratory, in collaboration with  the Healthcare teams and the Group’s entity in Senegal. Designed on the basis of observations of people’s actual needs, Access Oxygen is an all-in-one healthcare offer that includes the equipment and services needed to use medical oxygen in the treatment of acute diseases in small suburban and rural healthcare centers.

This region has more than 140 small healthcare structures. Due to a lack of adapted offers, these structures had  no access to medical oxygen so far, despite the fact that it is essential in the treatment of respiratory and heart diseases and to fight against mother and infant mortality.

Fighting against mother and infant mortality.
Understanding Access Oxygen in 1 minute

Mid and long-term solutions

This solution includes a training program for healthcare professionals, provided at a dedicated location, the Oxygen House. A digital application to support doctors and nurses in their decision-making is the final element of this offer. The payment system is also based on a paperless solution.

Doctor Bousso is one of the first doctors to benefit from this project : "Access Oxygen brought us mid and long term solutions. We are happy to be able to treat our patients from beginning to the end."

The Access Oxygen offer will be gradually extended to all of Senegal.

A dedicated location, the Oxygen House

Three questions for Youssou Gueye, Head nurse at Médina Fall, Thiès

Why do you need oxygen to monitor your patients? ​​​​​​

In Senegal, in our health centers, respiratory diseases are at the forefront of consultations. Pathologies such as asthma or neuro-malaria are common in the region and require medical oxygen to be treated.

What has the Access Oxygen project changed for you?

Since we have benefited from the Access Oxygen project, we are already seeing an increase in the rate of use of patients who previously went to other establishments who deliver oxygen. The portable oxygen kit has been particularly beneficial for the population, especially during colder periods when asthmatics are prone to respiratory attacks, so we can intervene quickly.

How does the Access Oxygen team support you?

I received training on the entire device, including the use of the medical oxygen kit. And since this training, the Access Oxygen team is very available to answer my questions and comes regularly to meet me.

Article published on March 05, 2018