Care for patients
With 1.9 million patients and 15,000 hospitals served worldwide, Air Liquide is a major player in the healthcare sector. Working alongside patients, professionals and hospitals, we aim to improve patients’ quality of life and contribute to a more efficient health system. Our employees’ mobilization during the Covid crisis has shown we can take on increasing responsibility in this area.
Improving the quality of life of chronic patients at home in mature economies
In Home Healthcare, Air Liquide takes care of patients with chronic conditions, such as respiratory diseases and diabetes. Working with healthcare professionals and caregivers, we are committed to improving patients’ quality of life by raising disease awareness, educating and empowering patients, identifying the outcomes that matter most to them, and personalizing services to their conditions and lifestyles.
Facilitating access to medical oxygen for rural communities in low- and middle-income countries
The lack of medical oxygen in rural communities of low-and middle-income countries has serious consequences for people, especially children with pneumonia. This disease is the leading cause of death in children under five, with an estimated 800,000 deaths worldwide each year1.
To meet this need, Air Liquide has been implementing the Access OxygenTM program since 2017.
Access OxygenTM is an innovative oxygen therapy solution adapted to the rural and suburban healthcare structures in these countries. It includes the equipment needed to deliver oxygen to a patient, a training program for healthcare workers using digital tools, and a maintenance service.
In order to build a sustainable and affordable medical oxygen supply infrastructure, Air Liquide seeks and brings together:
- International donors who fund the equipment and the service
- Local operators who implement Access OxygenTM and charge rural health facilities for the service at an affordable rate
- Air Liquide teams, which provide support for the deployment of the Access OxygenTM technical solution
In 2022, Access OxygenTM is facilitating access to medical oxygen for 1.8 million people in Africa
Access OxygenTM has started its activity in Senegal where 87 rural health facilities are now equipped in the regions of Thiès, Saint-Louis du Sénégal and Kolda in the south of the country.
In South Africa, Access OxygenTM ensures the availability of oxygen to 132 primary care clinics through its subsidiary VitalAire.
Finally, a first pilot project was launched in Kenya at the end of 2022 in partnership with a local operator, equipping 5 health structures in the Bungoma County.
All these centers equipped with medical oxygen cover a population of 1.8 million inhabitants.
Oxygen saves lives, let’s make it accessible!
Our goal is to continue to expand Access OxygenTM in other geographies, to provide access to medical oxygen to an even wider population.