OVSI's Approach

OVSI’s aim is to produce a context-appropriate oxygen concentrator and ventilator system to save lives in low-resource settings.

We have three objectives:

  1. To contribute to the urgent humanitarian response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. To enable more effective treatment of childhood pneumonia and other diseases in low-resource settings in the longer term.
  3. To contribute to job creation by strengthening manufacturing capabilities and ecosystems in developing and emerging economies. Ultimately, we would like to enable the maintenance, assembly, and manufacturing of medical grade oxygen concentrators in low- and middle-income countries.

Inclusive innovation

Our objectives are being achieved through the inclusive innovation approach developed by the Centre for Global Equality (CGE), a not-for-profit organisation based in Cambridge, UK.

Inclusive innovation focuses on interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, international collaboration and co-creation. Key to the OVSI approach is co-creation between engineering teams in developed and developing economies.

Learn about our teams

Our philosophy

Open: Our collaborative designs are open, to facilitate development and manufacture in low- and middle-income countries.

High Quality: Infrastructure, energy sources, and capabilities consider local conditions, both financial and environmental, as well as other needs and pressures but the finished product makes no compromise on safety and efficacy of the devices.

Robust : OVSI devices are resilient, ready to face challenges like dust, pollution, humidity, electrical surges, and the lack of sterile facilities. We also consider transportability, to guarantee oxygen delivery for all.

Interoperable: All OVSI modules will be interoperable, supported by training and documentation. Moreover, our devices connect with pre-existing infrastructure and equipment without difficulty.

High quality: Our collaborative process brings together experts from across the globe, considering all aspects of purpose and context to produce efficient, highly operable, and durable modules, designed to last and offer additional value.

Low-cost: All modules of the OVSI system are high-quality and technically exemplary, but costs will be kept to a minimum, with designs focussed on efficacy and accessibility.