In the landlocked country of Malawi, the provision of medical care is often reliant on a poor road infrastructure that is highly compromised by seasonal fluctuations and heavy rains.
This challenge contributes to high rates of maternal and child mortality, reduces patients’ ability to adhere to treatment, and slows improvements to the health system, making Wingcopter delivery drones the perfect solution.
In rural areas in particular, where citizens rely on local health centres for primary care, healthcare provision is hampered by frequent stockouts of essential medicines and critical medical supplies
An initiative was undertaken to establish a regular and emergency delivery service in the district of Kasungu in rural Malawi to replenish stockouts of essential medicines and other medical commodities in two health centres within the Humanitarian Drone Testing Corridor and one outside the Corridor.
The medical commodities transported from Kasungu Airport to the three health centres included essential medicines such as antimalarials, maternal health products and antibiotics, and general medical supplies such as viral load samples and masks, servicing a total population of over 115,000.
The deliveries by Wingcopter helped reduce the overall number of stockout days in the health centres during the implementation period. The project will therefore be continued and expanded in scope.