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A clever way to provide life-saving oxygen in Uganda – BBC World Service

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Eight month old Francis was rushed to Uganda’s Mbara Hospital, struggling to breathe. Two days later, he was much better – and was the very first patient to be treated with life-changing equipment.

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It allows places without reliable power supplies, to provide oxygen to patients.

Pneumonia kills about 1.4 million children under five every year. Treatment with concentrated oxygen saves lives, but the machines that make it need a constant supply of electricity.

So a team of physicists came up with a clever way to keep oxygen flowing even when the power cuts out.

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