Zipline is a commercial drone delivery service based in California that opened the first drone airport in Rwanda four years ago. The aim is to improve the accessibility of medicines and other emergency medical aids to remote parts.
In addition to medicines, in recent years Zipline has delivered blood more than 20,000 times to hospitals in isolated areas in Rwanda with unmanned drones.
The company aims to serve more than 120 locations this year and 400 locations by 2021.
“Delivering medicine and blood quickly is one way to save lives. There are emergencies where doctors cannot wait, such as when someone is bitten by a snake,” said Zipline’s Jean D’amour Tuyishime. “Some hospitals have bad roads or few ambulances and the fastest way to deliver medicines and blood is per drone.”