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Delivery Drones are Saving Lives in Africa

Sara Rice, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

The future of drones delivering our groceries and online shopping packages isn’t too far away. But in the present, drones are already delivering more important supplies. In Rwanda, and soon Tanzania, drones are saving lives.

Zipline, a startup based in California, offers a drone delivery service in partnership with the Rwandan government. Drones deliver day and night, rain or shine and are able to deliver blood supplies or medicine as instantly as they are needed in clinics or hospitals. Health workers can use their phone to call or text an order and the average fulfillment time is 30 minutes or less.

The instant delivery of medicine to rural hospitals or clinics that are low on supplies is directly saving lives. In Tanzania, Zipline hopes to deliver other critical medical supplies besides blood such as anti-malarial medications and insulin. The company isn’t going to stop in the developing world either. Rural communities in the United States and other countries are also facing challenges when it comes to healthcare and could benefit from medical drone deliveries.


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