Hypoxemia in primary health care settings and implications for oxygen services: Evidence from Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda

May 12, 2021 - May 12, 2021

The Quality of Care subgroup hosted panel discussion to review preliminary evidence of hypoxemia and outcomes among children in primary health care settings and discuss implications for oxygen services. The presenters, from the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Karolinska Institutet, and Johns Hopkins University, spoke to hypoxemia prevalence in Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. They also addressed the challenges in using pulse oximeters, quality of measurement and devices, and implications for pediatric and newborn patients and the health system. The presentations were followed by an engaging Q&A with Task Force members, during which a comprehensive toolkit of oxygen resources was also shared. 


  • Santa Engol, Senior Clinical Coordinator, Clinton Health Access Initiative

  • Carina King, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet

  • Helena Hildenwall, Pediatrician & Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet

  • Eric McCollum, Associate Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology and International Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • Felix Lam, Associate Director, Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Anne Detjen, Health Specialist, UNICEF
  • Patricia Jodrey, Child Health Team Lead, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID Bureau for Global Health