When the power goes out, the lives of children sick with pneumonia are put at risk.
Pneumonia kills a child every 30 seconds. The World Health Organization has designated oxygen as an essential medicine for treating pneumonia. The problem is that blackouts in low and middle-income nations stop oxygen generators in their tracks, leading to the death of 2,500 children everyday.
A team of University of Melbourne alumni and academics have worked together to develop an electricity free oxygen generator that runs on the energy of running water. Called FREO2, it is the team’s answer to providing equitable access to lifesaving oxygen therapy – or, to put it simply, to save lives.
Leading the team are Associate Professors Roger Rassool and Jim Black and Dr Bryn Sobott, who have just come back from a successful field trial of FREO2 in Uganda. It was here that they personally witnessed their life-saving technology in action.
Francis was the first young life saved with the FREO2 technology
The team is now at the crucial stage of gathering evidence to verify that FREO2 will deliver oxygen reliably every single time it is called on to save a life. We need your help to prove categorically that it works!
By giving to FREO2 you have the opportunity to save lives.
Donate today to help young children like Francis take their next breath.