Delivery drones in Rwanda are saving lives


The service is called “Uber for blood” and it cut delivery time of medicine from 4 hours to half an hour average. The drone can fly up to 60 mph and when it is within a minute away, the doctor receives a text.

It can be heard to reach remote regions in time with the medicine needed. During medical emergencies, receiving blood in time can be life or death. 

This new service is made possible thanks to a partnership with Silicon Valley robotics company Zipline and the Rwandan health ministry. Zipline’s next plan is to work with Tanzania to launch the world’s largest drone delivery network.

Zipline’s Co-founder Keller Rinaudo said:

“The work in Rwanda has shown the world what’s possible when you make a national commitment to expand healthcare access with drones and help save lives.”


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Jessica Catalina