July 8, 2016 IBOMLLC Team

Blood Delivery To Hospital Service Via Drones Goes Live In Rwanda

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Zipline, a Silicon Valley-based startup company has partnered with the government of Rwanda to deliver blood and medical supplies to hospitals using drones. Zipline will roll out last-mile delivery service to the larger part of rural countrysides of Rwanda where delivery are expensive and slow using conventional means.

Through a partnership with the Government of Rwanda, Zipline will deliver all blood products for twenty hospitals and health centers starting this summer, improving access to healthcare for millions of Rwandans. Our partnership with Rwanda is just the beginning. Zipline will deliver a wide range of medical products in other countries this year.” – writes Zipline on its website.

The Zipline drone weighs about 10 kilograms and can fly up to 120 kilometers out and back while carrying a load of up to 1.5 kilograms. Zipline says over two billion people lack access to the basic medical products and services, largely due to lack of proper infrastructure to facilitate supply.

About 2.9 million deaths of children under the age of five are attributed to lack of access to medical products and services. Additionally about 150,000 pregnancy-related deaths occur …read more

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