||DAY ONE—TUESDAY, 7 November 2017
The morning began with a brief welcome and introduction from PATH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The remainder of the
morning session focused on country experiences with scaling access to safe oxygen delivery. The afternoon
included small-group discussions focused on how to create an enabling local market and components
required to accelerate product selection and industry engagement.
PATH opened the meeting with an overview of the meeting attendees and goals. This session was also used
to level-set attendees around what is known about oxygen access. PATH reviewed the portfolio of work
that led to the convening, the Gates Foundation reviewed their oxygen investment strategy to date, and
UNICEF and WHO described related current and future work in this space. The first key takeaway from this
session is that oxygen is often overlooked or assumed to be available but there is limited awareness of
functional availability. The second takeaway is that oxygen is a systems issue that requires coordination
across disease areas and health services.
Presenter: Ray Cummings, Director, Market Dynamics
Convening goals include:
• Sharing lessons learned and expertise across countries.
• Facilitating connections and transparency between country leadership and suppliers.
• Discussing opportunities for accelerating improved access to safe oxygen delivery.
Over 100 participants joined the convening representing:
• 9 countries
• 8 partner organizations
• 5 financiers
• 21 private-sector companies
PATH’s background in oxygen work included a series of hypotheses that led to the current scope of work:
• Hypothesis one: Existing oxygen delivery technologies require innovation to improve their use in LMIC.
o Project finding: with some caveats, existing technologies can be deployed today for LMIC oxygen