Transport and delivery drones are a growing trend in the continent of Africa. With its large landmass and heavily diverse environment, it can be difficult to traverse on foot. Africa has a number of countries that, while rich in natural resources, are struggling in terms of basic needs. One of the most basic (and essential) needs that can be difficult to acquire in Africa is medicine. Roads can be a hazardous route, with traffic and other obstacles blocking a clear path between hospitals.
Life Saving Delivery
For those in rural areas, it can even take longer to get medicine needed. The process would have to start at the rural clinic sending a request for a specific medicine. The message sends to the area’s big hospitals (usually in the larger metropolitan areas) and a courier goes to deliver. The rural clinic then waits for the courier to arrive, which can take weeks, even months to arrive.
A trend that is gaining some traction in some African countries is delivery via drones. Countries such as Ethiopia and Rwanda started using drones to transport medicine, vaccines, and other essential supplies. For many places, medicine and blood packs arriving in a timely manner is the main difference between life and death.
A drone transporting goods faces less obstacles in the air, such as traffic and road problems. A flying drone can reach its destination far quicker than by land routes, especially in more rural places.
Ghana Drone Project
Another African country added to the growing list of drone users is Ghana. The country plans to use drones to transport their medications and blood supplies. This gives a significantly faster response time from requesting meds to actually receiving them. The US company Zipline will spearhead this drone project. Zipline has already had experience transporting medical goods in other parts of Africa. This deal between Ghana and Zipline is expected to be around 12 million dollars.