The Future of Medical Deliveries
For particularly remote communities or those requiring immediate disaster relief, large-scale donations may not be a feasible option (which is what makes Project C.U.R.E.’s smaller kits so impactful). Rwanda, for example, is one of the world’s poorest countries; and with very few paved roads, it can be extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- to keep hospitals and health centers sufficiently stocked.
A Silicon Valley startup is hoping to use a drone delivery system to alleviate this problem, the Verge reports. The company, called Zipline, has already begun to use the unmanned vehicles to drop medications and even blood to health facilities, no matter how remotely located. A health care worker simply places an order via text, and the drone (known as a Zip) lifts off within minutes. With delivery no longer dependent on access to roads, the supplies are typically delivered within 30 minutes -- much faster than traditional methods of land-bound transportation.
Zipline already has plans in place to expand to other countries outside of Rwanda by the end of this year, and the company seems poised to make drone delivery the future of the medical supply chain. We’re excited to see how they do it.