Drones might be causing privacy concerns in the United States and Europe, but in the East African country of Rwanda, they are a welcome sight in the skies. Through a partnership between drone startup Zipline and the Rwandan health ministry, drone-powered medical supply deliveries are ramping up, and they're starting to make a serious impact.
As The Guardian reports, the drone delivery service has already provided over 5,500 units of blood to aid crews working in remote areas where typical medical supply lines simply don't reach. The service is working in tandem with 12 hospitals, all of which are being reached by the drone network based in the east of the country. In total, the hospitals provide treatment and life-saving aid to over five million people.
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Drone-powered ‘Uber for blood’ is delivering life-saving medical supplies in Africa originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 2 Jan 2018 at 21:10:07 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.