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In Madagascar Test, Drone Delivers Medicine by Air

When drones are in the news these days, the context is typically war or surveillance or the speedy deliver of packages to impatient consumers. Here, Heidi Hutner of Stony Brook University offers a “Your Dot” contribution on a recent test in a roadless region in Madagascar that could signal an exciting new frontier for this technology – helping deliver health care to some of the world’s poorest, most isolated communities. Last summer, Stony Brook University’s Global Health Institute teamed up with Vayu, Inc., a Michigan start-up developing drones aiding medical care, to test aerial shipments of blood and fecal samples and drugs between remote villages in Madagascar and Centre ValBio, the university’s biological research center adjacent to a national park.

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Madagascar: Drones Launch Off-Grid Healthcare in Rural Madagascar

Drones, initially developed for warfare, are being co-opted to provide revolutionary off-grid healthcare to those who live in the most remote parts of the world. A fully autonomous drone recently flew blood samples from rural Madagascar to a central lab. The drone was developed by Vayu, a company founded by Daniel Pepper, which aims to bridge the gap between far-flung villages and healthcare that is so often centrally available, but out of reach for local inhabitants. Pepper discovered a chasm between medicinal availability and supply while working as a journalist in India.

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