The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
In 2007, CHAI began work in Cameroon with a focus on improving access to HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment. Since then, the partnership between Cameroon’s MOH and CHAI has evolved from being HIV to a wide range of cross cutting health system challenges. CHAI has since supported the MOH in strengthening health financing, developing a universal health coverage scheme, supply chain management, and provided technical assistance across various vertical programs including HIV, EPI, MNCH, sexual and reproductive health, malaria, cancer and more recently Covid 19 diagnosis.
Oxygen therapy (or respiratory care) can be used to treat any form of hypoxemia (abnormally low level of oxygen in the blood) and has the potential to reduce morbidity and mortality among many patient groups, particularly in vulnerable populations such as newborns, children, and pregnant women. CHAI’s Essential Medicines team has been working to expand access to medical oxygen in countries with high rates of mortality for pediatric pneumonia and has recently began work in additional geographies catalyzed by the critical need for oxygen access in the context of the global COVID-19 response. CHAI, along with consortium partners including PATH and Just Actions (Every Breath Counts [EBC] Coalition Coordinator), is supporting low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in improving reliable access to a comprehensive respiratory care treatment package, both as part of the immediate COVID-19 response as well as over time to strengthen respiratory care systems in the long term.