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May 31, 2024   |   Podcast

Drones deliver vaccines to the ‘last mile’

Originally posted on Scidev.net. 

Season 4, Episode 41

Poor road networks in Africa make it difficult to transport medical supplies and samples to remote communities, hindering access to healthcare.

In this episode of Africa Science Focus, reporter Halima Athumani explores how drone technology can bridge this gap and serve the so-called “last mile”.

She speaks with leaders of two drone companies, Kenya Flying Labs and VillageReach, about their efforts to enhance Africa’s health infrastructure through drone technology.

Henry Chimtengo, senior medical assistant at Malombe Health Centre in Malawi’s Mangochi district, explains how drones assisted the country’s polio vaccination drive.

This project was funded by the European Journalism Centre through the Solutions Journalism Accelerator. The fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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