Drone Delivery

A partnership between the Rwandan government and US robotics firm Zipline has cut the time it takes some health care facilities to procure blood from hours to 15 minutes. Instead of driving round-trip to the capital city, hospital staff now use smartphone apps to place orders, which are filled and delivered by a Zipline drone sent from distribution center, a few kilometers away.  

Zipline delivers to 7 hospitals and plans for 14 more are in the works. The company hopes to soon begin delivering emergency vaccines, HIV drugs and contraceptives. But critics say resources might be better spent on ambulances and health worker salaries.

Source: MIT Technology Review

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