A patient being treated with the Venti-Now emergency ventilator at a hospital in Tanzania
Together we will save lives
"Venti-Now is a nonprofit corporation that has developed a lightweight, portable, and inexpensive ventilator for use on patients who need assistance in breathing. With a generous seed grant from Procter & Gamble, and the help of University of Cincinnati engineering interns, we built a prototype that was given Emergency Use Authorization from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration in April 2020.
By the end of 2020, we had built and tested 55 Venti-Now ventilators. Together with our manufacturing partner, Innovatië Life Sciences, we are continuing to distribute these emergency ventilators to hospitals in Africa and Asia whose need is dire. The ventilators are easily operated and we are providing initial training to the medical personnel. The success has been spectacular; with dozens of lives saved.”
Venti-Now Medical Director Dr. Peter Campbell training ICU Clincal Staff at Bugando Medical Centre on ventilator protocols
Thanks to our partnership with Village Life Outreach Program, Venti-Now has been able to create connections in East Africa. Through these we have successfully sent and installed 30 donated ventilators to hospitals in Tanzania and Uganda. Our medical director Dr. Peter Campbell traveled with these units to each hospital. He trained the staff on safety protocols, helped create infrastructure, and oversaw them in action. We were able to provide these units free of charge thanks to generous donations and our team of all star volunteers. We are now in the process of sending ventilators to hospitals in Kenya and the Philippines. Our goal is to flow to where the need is. Our promise is to continue to provide affordable emergency ventilators to hospitals in need around the globe.
In this 2 minute video Dr. Andrew Ssekitooleko Executive
Director of Lubaga Hospital In Uganda shares the impact our ventilators have made at this hospital.
Venti-Now shipped 20 emergency ventilators to 4 medical centers in Uganda, a country of 48 million people and only a few dozen ventilators. These Venti-Now emergency ventilators have been put to immediate use at hospitals there.
We have worked very closely with the Bugando Medical Centre in Tanzania installing and training hospital staff on the Venti-Now ventilator. Dr. Ally Munir Akrabi had this to say about his experience with us,“These emergency ventilators have had an immediate positive impact on our patients. In our trauma centre we have treated burn, accident, and pneumonia patients successfully with these device. They are helping us save lives”(see photo to the right)
Venti-Now shipped 10 emergency ventilators to two hospitals in Tanzania. Bugando Medical Centre has received 8 and Shirati Medical Centre received 2. Dr.Peter Campbell oversaw the installation of compressed air systems to operate the ventilators along with providing training on use and safety protocols.
How Can You Help
We are thrilled with the success of the ventilators and the lives saved. But there is so much more to be done in under-resourced countries in Africa and elsewhere. Our goal is to make and distribute at least 100 to 150 ventilators per year, at approximate cost of $5000 per ventilator. We are a true non-profit with an all volunteer army of workers. Anything you can do to help would be appreciated.