Drug Delivery by Drone

A high-tech solution to extremely rough terrain in Madagascar just might be able to inform drug delivery during a time of social distancing.

In Madagascar, 80% of the population lives in rural areas and most people must travel several kilometers to access health products and services. Healthcare delivery on most parts of the island is quite challenging due to poor road infrastructure, increasing political and economic insecurity and severe weather caused by climate change.

With funding from USAID and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, PSI Madagascar has piloted the use of drones to ensure the last mile distribution of critical health commodities to the most rural parts of Madagascar. The use of drones in northeast Madagascar allows health commodities to reach remote areas in a short time period and at a reduced cost with wider and more efficient coverage than standard transport options. A drone can transport up to 10 kilograms of products and travel up to 100 kilometers with an average speed of 100 kilometers per hour. With this innovative technology, PSI Madagascar expects to revolutionize access to drugs in rural areas and save more lives at a lower cost.

During this pandemic, adapting programming and scaling innovations to meet our consumers’ needs continues to be at the heart of PSI’s work. Check out the video below to learn more.

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