The world’s first commercial drone delivery service has launched”

Health workers can request a blood drop via text message, and it arrives around 30 minutes later. That makes a big difference in a country where short road trips can take hours. Blood loss after birth is one of the reasons maternal mortality is much higher in poor countries than rich ones; it’s the leading cause of death in Rwanda for pregnant women. And blood has to be stored carefully and matched to the recipient.

Article also links to video of first blood drone delivery.

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October 17, 2016 · culture · africa · rwanda · quartz · Cassie Werber · tech · drones · zipline

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