OneBreath, Inc. is a for-profit social enterprise based in Palo Alto, California, with a Bangaglore, India, subsidiary, OneBreath Technologies Pvt Ltd. They have developed a rugged, affordable, battery-operated ventilator for use in low-resource settings. This OneBreath ventilator will be suitable for use in the field, transport vehicles, and low-resource healthcare facilities.
Grand Challenges Canada will support OneBreath to manufacture and distribute their ventilator in both public and private facilities throughout India. This is estimated to enable over 17,000 patients to access early mechanical ventilation – a lifesaving treatment for pneumonia and other conditions.
The organization has a list of potential facilities that are interested in their technology. This will allow public facilities to provide adequate respiratory care to patients that otherwise relied on poor quality ventilators, which required a constant power supply or manual pumping.