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More Programs Using Drones For Health Care Delivery Begin In African Nations

Mail & Guardian: Are drones taking off as the future of African health care?
“…In theory, it’s obvious that drones have the potential to revolutionize health care delivery across Africa. But in practice, the idea still needs to be tested, trialled, and tailored to local environments. Zipline in Rwanda is just one case study in one country — hardly a proof of concept. Which brings us to Kasungu, in central Malawi. … [I]t was chosen as the site of Africa’s first humanitarian drone corridor…” (Pather/Allison, 8/29).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Buzz as world’s biggest drone drug deliveries take off in Tanzania
“Tanzania is set to launch the world’s largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save the lives of women giving birth and children struck by malaria, in a country larger than Nigeria. California’s Zipline will make 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities across the east African country, including blood, vaccines, and malaria and AIDS drugs, following the success of a smaller project in nearby Rwanda…” (Makoye, 8/29).

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