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The future of healthcare is out for delivery

17 October 2016

Through a partnership with Rwanda, Zipline will deliver blood to twenty hospitals and healthcare centres to help improve medical care for millions.

Zip out for delivery (Credit: Zipline)

According to statistics on the Zipline website, more than two billion people lack adequate access to essential medical products. This is often due to challenging terrain and gaps in infrastructure. 

Zip aims to help improve access to healthcare. Zip is a small robot airplane designed for high level safety, using the same approaches as commercial airliners. It can carry vaccines, medicine or blood. A whole fleet of Zips can provide for a population of millions, without having to worry about roads!

How does it work?

A health worker can place an order by text message. Within minutes, a Zip is prepared and launched, flying along at 100km/h with no pilot required. The medical products are then dropped off, landing gently and accurately at the health centre in an open area the size of a few parking spaces.

Zip is now providing aid to millions of Rwandans, delivering all blood products for twenty hospitals and health centres. With Zips range, national-scale coverage is achievable from a single home base.

Zip in production (Credit: Zipline)

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