Barriers in Rural Healthcare
The central highlands of Papua New Guinea is peppered with undulating mountains and lush virgin jungles. This challenging terrain and lack of road infrastructures hinders transportation and delivery of healthcare to the local people. Health workers conducting immunization patrols at the various rural health centers often travel 20 to 30 kilometers on foot, taking up to three days to cover. A routine immunization patrol covering multiple sites may even take up to 12 days, presenting a challenge in cold-chain logistics where it is necessary to maintain a low-temperature range for vaccine potency. The advent and commercialization of autonomous unmanned aircraft systems can have a huge impact on maintaining an unbroken cold chain to extend the shelf life of vaccines and reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Autonomous Drones for Vaccine Delivery
We aim to redesign the current cold chain transport system, implementing a turn-key aerial delivery service that can autonomously carry time critical healthcare supplies at a moment's notice.
We are currently working on a project trial to implement a cargo delivery service system in the highlands of Papua New Guinea with our partner, Kompiam Rural Hospital. The solution will see about 2 dozen remote sites serviced with time-sensitive medical supplies flown directly from the system's base of operations on the hospital grounds.