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Drone Project Will Deliver Medicines Across Tanzania

A government deal with a US drone company, Zipline, will see over 1,000 health facilities in 10 regions receiving medical supplies by air. Etty Kusiluka, communication director for the Medical Stores Department, said drones were set to be a game-changer in healthcare in the country.

Dar es Salaam — When the government announced on Thursday that it was embarking on the use of drones to deliver medical supplies to remote areas, sad memories were evoked of how the authorities have endured risky and long journeys to ensure people of accessed the key health services.

That was after the government inked an agreement with a US-based drones company, Zipline, to implement the project that would see over 1,000 health facilities in 10 regions receiving life-saving blood and medical supplies more efficiently and quicker through unmanned air facilities.