Published: 21-03-2024 15:02 | Updated: 21-03-2024 15:02

World leading experts gathered to secure access to medical oxygen

The Lancet Commission KI Oxygen event
Photo: Elah Wilson

The 13 March, Karolinska Institutet hosted several prominent researchers from The Lancet Global Health Commission on Medical Oxygen Security at the Widerström building, with a focus on discussing how to secure the availability of medical oxygen in the world.

The Lancet Global Health Commission on Medical Oxygen Security hosted an event  at Karolinska, with a group of world-leading speakers from Malawi, Pakistan, Peru, UK and the keynote from Dr Jacquie Oliwa, Kenya. 

Dr Oliwa spoke to the complex challenges that result in inequitable access to medical oxygen – a life-saving medicine that is needed to treat a range of common conditions, such as pneumonia, malaria, sepsis, asthma, COPD to name a few. The Commission brought together a group of 20 academics, from across the globe, to generate new evidence on how we can tackle the pervasive problems that make oxygen access inequitable – from clinical to political. 

The afternoon ended with a panel discussion moderated by Ms Zoë Mullan from Lancet Global Health UK.  The panellists consisted of: Professor Patty Garcia,  Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, Dr Masooma Aqeel, Aga Khan University, Pakistan, Dr Tisungane Mvalo, University of North Carolina Project-Malawi, Malawi, Professor Harry Campbell, Edinburgh University, Scotland.

From KI, Stefan Swartling Peterson, Carina King and Tobias Alfvén participated.