Saturday, 15 October 2016

Rwanda's health sector undergoes revolution with drone delivery of medical supplies to rural areas

Rwanda's health sector is set to
lead the way in the supply of
medical kits to rural areas in
Africa. The country has
inaugurated delivery drones
dubbed "Zips" which can make
up to 150 blood deliveries daily.
The Zipline project as it is called
is funded by US package-
delivery giant UPS and global
vaccine alliance Gavi to the tune
of $1.1million.
Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline
"So this is a really urgent
product. 80% is going to
people, mums and kids
whose lives are on the
line. And the challenge
with blood is that it
doesn't last very long and
there are lots of different
types of it. The project
which is hailed as the
world's first commercial
regular drone delivery
service will initially be
used to deliver blood,
plasma, and coagulants to
hospitals across rural
western Rwanda. Zipline
plans to open a second
base in Rwanda next
Source: African News

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