Rwandan Innovator Launches drones to Deliver Blood to Hospitals

In Rwanda, a 27-year-old innovator named

is trying to transform the healthcare system of his country with his autonomous drones that deliver blood to remote hospitals.

Nizeyimana’s project is being funded by Zipline International Inc, a California-based company, that came to Africa in 2015, pitching to governments an idea of using service delivery drones.

Faced with a problem of poor transport means connecting rural areas, just as in many African countries, the Rwandan government bought the idea and Nizeyimana, who has an associate degree in renewable energy engineering and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering, became the first local hire, according to a recent feature story on the innovator by Bloomberg.

The team has since grown to about 20 members, according to Bloomberg. The service was rolled out in 2016 and they have since completed more than 8,000 flights carrying about 15,000 units of blood to 21 hospitals in Rwanda’s western region, according to Bloomberg.

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