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Last-Mile Medicine

Lifesaving drones deliver medical supplies to remote areas.

By Monica Mehta

Spring 2019

We don’t typically associate remote areas of the world with high tech, but that’s what’s taking flight. “It’s been tested and proven that drones can be used to deliver lifesaving medical supplies to some of the hardest-to-reach communities in the world,” says Christopher Fabian, UNICEF Office of Global Innovation principal adviser.

  1. Drones are already traversing hard-to-reach areas, transporting blood and medical supplies to patients in Rwanda after receiving orders from an app. In 2019, Zipline launched its lifesaving drones in Ghana as well. More at flyzipline.com.
  2. This December, a drone soared into the record books when a one-month-old baby in the rugged mountains of remote Vanuatu island became the world’s first child given a vaccine delivered commercially by drone. The baby received vaccines to prevent tuberculosis and hepatitis B.

More at unicef.org.

Photography courtesy of © UNICEF/UN0266032/Chute and Shutterstock