Happy Independence Day, Chile!
- Canning House
On 18 September, Chile celebrates its Independence Day. Canning House is pleased to congratulate Chile and all Chileans on the 211th anniversary of the nation's independence.
Last year, University College London (UCL) engineers shared with Peruvian colleagues the designs and manufacturing instructions of very effective, easy-to-use and low-cost respiratory devices known as the UCL Ventura CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices, or Wayrachi in Peru, which are currently used in British hospitals to prevent patients from entering ICUs and being connected to respirators. (Visit the Wayrachi Facebook page)
Although the CPAP breathing aids can be produced in Peru, they require breathing circuits that, up until this UK-Peru collaboration, were neither available or able to be manufactured in-country.
The Wayrachi helps keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care thus protecting many lives, by connecting them to the oxygen plants of hospitals, providing patients with a high-pressure pumping system that allows them to breathe more easily when oxygen via a face mask alone is insufficient.
Canning House is pleased to announce its donation of £1,000 in support of the Embassy of Peru, UCL and International Medical Education Trust’s fundraiser for Wayrachi production in Peru.
In the words of Canning House Chair, Nick McCall and the Peruvian Ambassador to the UK, Mr. Juan Carlos Gamarra Skeels:
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Embassy of Peru in the UK and University College of London to provide funding and support for the manufacture and delivery of a dozen "Wayrachi" respiratory devices to communities in Peru. No one could have predicted the severe challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic on the health service in Peru and these devices are designed to keep patients out of scarce ICU beds and therefore directly save lives.”
- Nick McCall, Chair, Canning House
“The Embassy of Peru is very appreciative of the contribution Canning House has made to the effort of supplying Peru with breathing circuits for the Wayrachi devices that have been produced in Peru, following the designs of the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device developed in the UK and kindly shared by UCL and Mercedes AMG High Performance Trains.
“The generosity shown by many British institutions and citizens has saved lives in Peru, by preventing patients with COVID undergoing intensive care through the use of this breathing aid. It is further proof of the close and warm friendship between our two countries and peoples, and Canning House, I am happy to say, is at the forefront of this relationship, as always.”
- HE Ambassador Juan Carlos Gamarra Skeels, Ambassador of Peru to the UK
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