Zipline and the Ghanaian government have launched a drone delivery network in Ghana. Operating from four distribution centers, Zipline drones will deliver vaccines, blood, and medications to health facilities in remote areas. The U.S. company plans to conduct 600 flights each day. According to Zipline co-founder and CEO Keller Rinaudo, it will be the “largest drone delivery network on the planet.”
Here’s the scoop direct from Zipline:
Since we launched in Rwanda in October 2016, Zipline has been making lifesaving deliveries every day. Dozens of hospitals and health facilities now rely on Zipline’s vital service to improve patient care. Our drones now cover the country, giving doctors instant access to critical medical products, like blood and vaccines, that were previously out of reach.
Because of Zipline, thousands of children will grow up with their mothers, women who would have otherwise lost too much blood due to postpartum hemorrhage. Our rapid response times and ability to deliver even the rarest blood types have helped Rwanda to make massive strides in reducing maternal mortality rates.
“I used to see the drones fly and think they must be mad, until the same drone saved my life.”
Alice Mutimutuje, Mother, Rwanda
Hundreds of families will now watch their kids grow up because when their children contracted malaria, Zipline delivered the blood they needed for a transfusion. A national on-demand drone delivery system, which many once thought impossible, is now routine in a country no one expected would be leading the world in innovation.
In April 2019, Zipline opened our first distribution center in Ghana, a west African democracy of 29 million people. In the first half of this year, we’re expanding to provide most of the country’s population with access to any medical products they need, with four distribution centers spanning from the dense southern regions surrounding Ghana’s capital, Accra, to the remote and arid north of the country.