Malawi, UNICEF Open Drone-Testing Corridor For Delivering Health Care, Disaster Relief

Agence France-Presse: Malawi drone test center to help with health care, disasters
“Malawi on Thursday launched Africa’s first drone-testing corridor as developing countries explore how drones could be used during humanitarian crises such as floods, or to deliver blood for HIV tests…” (12/15).

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF partners with the Government of Malawi to test first humanitarian drone in Africa
“In cooperation with the government of Malawi, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will establish an air corridor and use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), known as drones, for humanitarian purposes, the agency announced [Thursday]…” (12/15).

VOA News: Malawi Announces Africa’s 1st Humanitarian Drone Testing Corridor
“…In March, UNICEF-Malawi successfully completed its first test flight of the 10-kilometer route from a community health center to the Kamuzu Central Hospital in the capital, Lilongwe. Currently, Malawi uses motorcycles or locally run ambulances to transport blood samples. But health authorities say high fuel costs and the poor state of roads mean long delays in deliveries…” (Masina, 12/15).