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Innovative Use of Technology in Africa

Grace Nabasaaka

Posted on May 14, 2019 22:18

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Zipline expands to Ghana, making it the world's largest drone-delivery network.

The health-tech drone delivery company, that launched its service in Rwanda just three years ago, has officially expanded its operations to Ghana, making it the world’s largest autonomous medical drone delivery service.

Over the last six months, Zipline has expanded from one distribution facility delivering blood to 21 hospitals in Rwanda, to operating six distribution centers in two countries, delivering more than 170 different vaccines, blood products and medications to 2,500 health facilities. They now serve nearly 22 million people. According to Zipline, the expansion of its operations in both Ghana and Rwanda will increase the number of health facilities the company serves 100-fold.

Dedicated to providing every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies, Zipline employs aerospace veterans from SpaceX, Google, Boeing and NASA to design and operate its autonomous systems, which can deliver a package within 30 minutes after a health-care worker places an order by text. Zipline’s drones take off and land from their distribution centers.

Access to vital health products worldwide has historically been hampered by the difficulty in supplying medicine from central storage to remotely located patients when and where they need it. In the U.S., this problem requires health systems to tolerate high medicine waste, expensive emergency room trips and sub-optimal care strategies. In far too many other areas of the world, the same problem means that people, in need of lifesaving care, do not receive the medicine necessary to survive.

 

Grace Nabasaaka

Posted on May 14, 2019 22:18

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