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Rwanda to replace motorbikes with drones for medical deliveries

Posted 10 March 2016 · Add Comment

The government of Rwanda has signed an agreement with US-based Zipline International for an infrastructure for drones, which will deliver medical supplies throughout the country.

The drones will not encounter difficulties from the challenging terrain faced by existing transportation, improving the efficiency of health supply chains.
 
Zipline’s CEO, Keller Rinaudo said: “In automating their supply chain using unmanned aircrafts, Rwanda is investing in innovative technology that will improve public health services and save lives.”
 
“We believe that using cutting edge technology to allow supply chains to operate independently of existing infrastructure represents a huge opportunity for our country,” said Jean Philbert Nsengimana. Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT.
 
Three drone ports will be set up across the country, and test flights are due to begin in August.
 

    

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