Drone Drug Deliveries Take Off in Tanzania

Drone Drug Deliveries Take Off in Tanzania

Tanzania started drugs and blood transport by drone from this January.
The area of Tanzania is larger than that of Nigeria and about four times that of the UK, so it is difficult to secure enough clinics in remote rural areas.

California’s Zipline(http://www.flyzipline.com/) 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.

The drones fly at 100 kph (62 mph), much faster than traveling by road. Small packages are dropped from the sky using a biodegradable parachute.

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Tanzania and children under the age of 5, and often require blood transfusion when developing malaria-induced anemia. In the case of rare blood types there is the possibility of causing death by causing out of stock.

It also helps save the lives of thousands of women who died of bleeding after birth.
Tanzania has one of the world’s worst maternal mortality rates, with 556 deaths per 100,000 deliveries, government data show.

Malaria is a major killer in Tanzania, and children under age 5 often need blood transfusions when they develop malaria-induced anemia. If supplies are out of stock, as is often the case with rare blood types, they can die.

” An unmanned drone can make a big contribution to solving some problems in African countries.” Zipline’s chief executive, Keller Rinaudo, said in a statement.

However, the problem remains.
In the use of drone, there are still problems such as “danger of collision with an airplane”, “battery safety” and “battery life”.

We hope that these issues will be solved quickly by technological innovation.
And we hope that it will lead to an improvement in the level of medical service provision in rural area in Africa and a decrease in mortality rate.

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