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Drones to be used to save lives in rural Tanzania, not drop bombs

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Move over Obama Drones, Zipline wants to use drones delivering blood to save lives instead of dropping bombs.

The Ifakara Health Institute is partnering with an American startup Zipline in launching a drone delivery service, carrying blood in the East African country of Tanzania, based in its capital Dodoma.

The California-based start-up launched similar service throughout Rwanda in May last year.

The Rwandese Zipline project is to eventually serve more than a dozen clinics and flying around fifty on demand drones flights a day.

In Tanzania, blood shortages in clinics and rural medical centres can have dire consequences, especially during childbirth. Because of poor road conditions it often takes hours for medical supplies and blood products to reach dying patient.

Drones flying speed of 100 km/h would ease the problem and save lives of many especially women needing blood during childbirth.

The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFid), which is funding the venture say flights are planned to start in early 2017, and when they do it is estimated that [the drones] could support over 50,000 births a year,


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