Thanks to a collaboration between UNICEF and the Malawi government, drone deliveries are starting their first real-world trials to help speed up the time in delivering much needed HIV testing for infants. If successful, tens of thousands of lives could be saved from this as a result.
“The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) to explore cost effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing of infants. The test, which is using simulated samples, will have the potential to cut waiting times dramatically, and if successful, will be integrated into the health system alongside others mechanisms such as road transport and SMS.”
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Needless to say, something needs to change. Which is why the Malawi govt. has been quite open to working with UNICEF in testing out drone deliveries as a more effective means of transport.
We all might be waiting impatiently for the day when drones will be able to deliver us our Amazon purchases or stuffed crust DEEP!DEEP! pizza from Little Caesars, but more importantly, people are dying as they wait for much-needed testing and treatments for whatever disease that is afflicting them. Drone deliveries could be the answer we’ve been desperately seeking, and that future might just be on the horizon.
In the not-too-distant future, drones will be used to help deliver medications throughout every known region. Aid and supplies will be delivered via drones to war-torn countries, and subsequently areas which have been destroyed as a result of natural disasters. This is a technology that has the potential of saving millions of lives. This is a future where anyone and everyone who owns a drone can finally help make a difference.