Drone & Data Aid uses drones to serve people’s medical needs faster
Estimated reach: 250 K people
Launch date: 11/2020
Project type: Health and Technology
Purpose of Project
Saving lives, improving public service delivery and reducing patient waiting times
The Drone and Data Aid (D+D Aid) project supports technological capacity development in Malawi by strengthening existing systems with innovative solutions to solve real life challenges. The project sets out to achieve this in three key ways: Firstly, by strengthening the Malawi medical supply chain with the help of the drone company Wingcopter, which uses drones to deliver urgent medical supplies. Ten facilities and over 260,000 people are already serviced in Kasungu District with plans to scale up to the Ntchisi and Dowa District. Secondly, D+D Aid supports the UNICEF Africa Data and Drone Academy (ADDA), where young university graduates are trained in various drone-related technologies. The program links the training component implemented by UNICEF with the drone operations implemented by Wingcopter to both develop local skills and expose students to hands-on experience. Finally, the project supports an innovative regulatory ecosystem that ensures public safety and effective stewardship of the young and developing drone industry in the country.
Head of SDF, Project Drone and Data Aid
Kawamba Visual observer retrieving delivery
Drone pilot with children from around the Kasungu Aerodrome
Ministry of Health and Civil Aviation visiting operations
Community members observing a delivery at kawamba
Ntchisi Community Engagement
Kawamba Trading Center
GIZ engaging with Kawamba Community
Kawamba Landing spot, Standing from left: Civil Aviation, GIZ, Kasungu DHO and MOH kneeling Visual observer from Kawamba HC
Facts about Drone & Data Aid
257 young people
are already trained at African Drone and Data Academy.
Training will be scaled up to
Niger and Ethiopia.
Over 222 kgs of medicines and medical supplies
have already been flown over a distance of more than 15,000 km.
The training will be institutionalized with the local Malawi University of Science and Technology.
Already over 257,000 people serviced by 10 health facilities in Kasungu benefited from Drone & Data Aid.
By now the project is
scaled up to phase 2
in the city of Ntchisi.