FreO2 - Saving the lives of children
When the lights go 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, potentially leading to the death of children.
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 the first child who was assisted back to health through FreO2.
With this success, the team is now on a mission to go on a next stage of trial in Mozambique. This is to establish evidence that the technology works in a variety of settings before it can be deployed to market.