Zipline trials medical drone deliveries in Nigeria’s Kaduna State
Zipline is once again expanding its instant logistics network in Africa, this time with the addition of new centers overseeing drone deliveries of medical supplies in Nigeria, which boasts the continent’s largest population and economy.
San Francisco-based Zipline said it has begun trial drone delivery flights in Nigeria’s Kaduna State, where the company plans to transport vaccines, blood products, and other medical supplies to about 500 facilities. The launch replicates efforts by government agencies in other areas of Nigeria – and, indeed, across African – to enhance access to healthcare by using fast and affordable UAV transport to bring materials needed for treatment to remote or otherwise underserved communities.
“Instant logistics enables governments and health systems to optimize their supply chains and reimagine how care is delivered,” said Daniel Marfo, Zipline’s senior vice president of Africa. “Today’s flights mark one more step…