Zipline tech company has engineered its drones to deliver desperately needed blood, vaccines, and medical supplies to rural health centers in Rwanda and Ghana.
Flying over terrain that would take hours to traverse by car or truck, drones can deliver packages directly to doctors in minutes without any direct human interaction.
As efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus ramp up, the scale and demand for medical attention are increasing global. Governments are embracing technology to bridge the gap between patients and shut off from main roads for treating populations in rural areas.
"That logistics only served a small subset of the human population well was really obvious to us. Especially when it comes to healthcare logistics," Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo told Business Insider Today.
The company had contracts with 21 hospitals in Rwanda and only delivered blood when Zipline's flight operations began in 2016. Since then, it has grown to 160 different medical products and is contracted to serve nearly 2,500 hospitals and health facilities throughout Rwanda and Ghana.
"Before, in remote Ghana, it's hard to get those samples taken from suspects to the cities to run the tests," Kwame Kwarteng, a Zipline flight operator, told Business Insider Today.
"So if the samples are not enough, the government will not invest the time and money to carry those samples to the city for the test."
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