The use of drones has often been controversial in parts of the U.S. and Europe, but an American startup, Zipline, has found an impressive use of unmanned aircraft in parts of Rwanda and Tanzania. Delivering supplies of blood and medications to various parts of rural regions of Rwanda and Tanzania is an impressive part of the work of Zipline which hopes to develop a system designed to make it easier for physicians across Africa to access supplies of blood for their patients.
Expansion is the goal for Zipline
Zipline has been providing its supplies of blood delivered by drone across Rwanda since October 2016 when the Californian company first arrived in the African nation; delivering blood from a central distribution center to hospitals across the nation has become a regular occurrence for Zipline as the brand has made a major impact on the chances of survival for many in Rwanda. The next nation hoping to be impacted by Zipline is Tanzania, where the government is hoping the company can have a major impact by completing around 2,000 daily deliveries is blood from its four storage facilities.
— Zipline (@zipline) August 24, 2017
Making a move into Tanzania is a major step up in the services offered by Zipline as the items being delivered will be added to and include HIV medications and IV tubes. After almost a year in operation, Zipline has made around 1,600 deliveries in Rwanda and concentrated on supplies for medical emergencies.
The Zipline brand is looking to extend its range of operations across Africa in delivering medical supplies across a number of African nations. Making the move into the U.S. medical market for the Californian company is proving more difficult as Federal authorities are closely controlling the use of drones for deliveries; Zipline hopes to begin U.S. deliveries to Native-American reservations and rural areas of the country.
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