In 2016, inspired by Mission Aviation Fellowship's (MAF) work in disaster relief and areas with healthcare access problems, Tian Chang and Zhi Min made a trip to Papua New Guinea to understand more about MAF's work and the access problems in the country. In the 18 days there, they visited Kompiam Rural Hospital and shadowed Dr David Mills to learn more about the logistics challenges that the hospital faced.
During the trip, they had found that there were obstacles hindering the delivery of vaccinations and other medical supplies to the other rural healthcare facilities due to the lack of infrastructure and challenging physical topography of the area. Upon their return to Singapore, Tian Chang and Zhi Min sought to provide a solution for the hospital and other isolated communities with similar accessibility problems. Together with Sriram, a computing undergraduate who joined the founding team as a software lead, Yonah was founded in October 2016. With a passion for engineering and a determination to achieve sustainable impact, Yonah is on a mission to develop a cargo drone infrastructure that will manage last mile deliveries and empower remote and rural communities by improving their access to healthcare.