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Drones for Health in Mozambique
VillageReach has partnered with stakeholders at local, regional and global levels since 2015 to explore the use of drones to improve the availability of health products compared to ground transportation.
SolutionDrones for Health
TopicDrones for Health
In 2018, VillageReach began working with the Government of Mozambique to explore how drones could strengthen laboratory sample transportation systems in hard-to-reach areas. The Mozambique National Institute of Health and VillageReach are partnering with the Inhambane Provincial Department of Health to accelerate COVID-19 laboratory testing in Mozambique. Six hard-to-reach district hospitals and health facilities receive daily collection of laboratory samples via two drone hubs in Inhambane Province.
Every day, drones collect COVID-19 and other laboratory samples from six hard-to-reach district hospitals and health facilities in Inhambane province.
Each drone can travel up to 130 km carrying 3 kg (6.6 lb) /5212 cm3, averaging more than 100 km/hour.
Laboratory samples are delivered to sample collection points, where they are transported by ground to the laboratory for testing.
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The first phase of the Drones for Health program in Mozambique was completed in 2020. Results included:
- 23 drone flights
- transported 300 lab samples (160 TB samples and 140 COVID-19 samples)
- flew over 950 km by air
- laboratory sample quality was uncompromised
- Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Saúde
- Inhambane Provincial Department of Health
- Mozambique Ministry of Health
- Mozambique Civil Aviation Authority
- Swoop Aero
- Focusing Philanthropy
- UK Aid
- Frontier Technology Livestreaming