Lifebox COVID-19 Response

Supporting healthcare providers with tools and strategies during COVID-19


8,800 pulse oximeters distributed to frontline healthcare workers across 53 countries for the identification and ongoing care of COVID-19 patients.


Reduces the risk of infection to surgical teams by providing prompts for key infection prevention strategies with an online Train-the-Trainer workshop.


Supporting innovations that tackle COVID-19 to improve patient safety.

“In the time of COVID-19, Lifebox donated 60 pulse oximeters. We were able to send this donation to all the hospitals in Somaliland and do the training. This has allowed us to fight COVID-19; and when we received these oximeters, things really changed.”
Mr. Mubarak Mohamed, Head of Anesthesia, Edna Adan University Hospital, Somaliland
“I supported the distribution of 50 Lifebox pulse oximeters donated to the hospitals in Rivers and Bayelsa States in southern Nigeria for COVID-19 response. There is a shortage of medical equipment in Nigeria so these donations were important to help us provide COVID-19 care. In a COVID-19 patient, the respiratory system of the patient may be compromised. Pulse oximeters help us screen and assess the oxygen saturation of patients.”
Dr. Dabota Yvonne Buowari, anesthesiologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

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“Lifebox responded rapidly to COVID-19. In the absence of good testing, being able to have a pulse oximeter on the finger of a person with a cough and detect those with low oxygen levels has proven to be incredibly important across the world, especially in places like Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America where Lifebox operates. With 8,000 pulse oximeters distributed thus far, work continues apace – with Lifebox doing incredible things at scale.” Dr. Atul Gawande, Lifebox Chair
Dr. Atul Gawande, Lifebox Co-founder

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