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FHI 360-Supported Study Examines Impacts, Costs Of Using Drones For HIV-Related Lab Services In Kenya

FHI 360’s “Research for Evidence”: Do UAVs have a role in improving viral suppression for people living with HIV in remote Kenya? A study design using system modeling in a GIS
Caleb Parker, research associate and GIS analyst at FHI 360, and colleagues “describe an ongoing FHI 360-funded study that aims to model the potential impact and costs of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — commonly called drones — to transport laboratory specimens in Turkana, Kenya, using data from an existing HIV service delivery program and other open source data.” The authors note the study’s results will inform decision makers about the impacts and cost effectiveness of UAV transportation for HIV-related laboratory samples and supplies (7/24).