Two billion people lack adequate access to medical products like blood and vaccines due to rugged terrain and poorly built infrastructure.
Zipline is a company making lifesaving deliveries by what they call “Zips” and we know as “Drones.”
You know, those little, remote controlled flying machines that forced the FAA to set height limits to protect jetliners known as
The name Drones has a bad rep. Zipline created their own term, “Zips” to avoid any negative association.
The company started in Kigali, Rwanda where a young woman who just gave birth by C-section was losing blood.
Doctors could not stop the bleeding. Ordering blood from the nearest blood bank and then sending it 25 miles over crackled rock and mountainous roads would take four hours.
She was about to die.
Clinic workers and a flight staff loaded a group of small remote-controlled aircraft with the necessary supplies and launched them into the sky.
In 45 minutes, seven units of blood, four units of plasma, and two units of platelets circulated into that young woman’s body.
They saved her life.
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