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Published on Aug 27, 2019
Drones are starting to deliver vaccines in the Équateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A collaboration including the Ministry of Health, VillageReach and Swoop Aero, and with funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has conducted on the 8th of August, the first flights which are part of a broader strategy to reach remote populations with vaccines and other medicines called Nouvelle Génération des Chaînes d’Approvisionnement, or NGCA.
Drones represent an additional approach for reaching the last mile -- bridging the gap between hard-to-reach populations and the vital health products they need. These flights will give the Government of DRC a clearer picture of how drones could be integrated into the existing health system. The costs and time saved compared to traditional delivery systems will be detailed as well as the changes needed to operationalize this method of transport.