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Zipline – Drone For Medical-Aid Delivery


These Revolutionary drones can save thousands of lives!

To ease the Delivery of medical Aid and supplies for the people of Rwanda, The Local government and California startup “Zipline” joined hands to launch drones to deliver vaccines, medicine or blood at locations difficult to reach.

This summer, they are all set to begin with their first fleet, reaching out to 20 hospitals and health centers to service residents in remote areas of Rwanda.

Zipline - Zip Outbound

As mentioned by Zipline, more than two billion people worldwide lack adequate access to essential medical products, often due to challenging terrain and gaps in infrastructure. Because of this, over 2.9 million children under age five die every year, the company says. Up to 150,000 pregnancy-related deaths could be avoided each year if mothers had reliable access to safe blood

The video below describes how Zip works :

As dubbed “Zip” is designed to fly in rough weather and an altitude maintaining temperature needed to provide blood and vaccines. It is projected that they will be able to make 50 – 150 of critical emergency deliveries per day to Rwanda’s 21 transfusing facilities.

The drones have an almost eight-foot wingspan and use GPS to navigate and communicate via the Rwandan cellular network. A health worker can place an order by text message. Within minutes, Racing along at 100 km/h, Zip arrives faster than any other mode of transport, no pilot required. The medical products are then dropped off, landing gently and accurately at the health facility in an open area the size of a few parking spaces.


  • A California startup, Zipline, wants to use the drones to deliver medical supplies and blood in Rwanda. They are going to start their first fleet this summer to 20 facilities

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