By Magdalena Mis
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Drones delivering blood and drugs to rural areas of Tanzania might assist to save the lives of many moms and new child babies in a rustic the place one of many largest causes of maternal deaths is blood loss throughout childbirth, the UK assist division stated.
The Department for International Development (DFID), which has given funding for the trial due to begin early subsequent yr, stated the drone deliveries might help greater than 50,000 births a yr in the East African nation.
The drones would give you the chance to carry up to 1 kg (2 lbs) of medical provides and scale back supply occasions to 19 minutes from the 110 minutes it takes on common by car. DFID stated.
“The UK is at the forefront of investing in cutting-edge technology to tackle the global challenges of today such as disease pandemics, medical emergencies and disaster responses,” stated Priti Patel, UK’s worldwide improvement secretary.
“This innovative, modern approach ensures we are achieving the best results for the world’s poorest people and delivering value for money for British taxpayers,” she stated in a press release on Thursday.
Seasonal floods in Tanzania could make it unattainable for automobiles and bikes to ship emergency blood provides to health clinics in rural areas in time to save lives.
The drones, flying at 150 meters (500 ft) above floor, can attain areas up to 75 kms (47 miles) from the central blood financial institution in the Tanzanian capital Dodoma, DFID stated.
DFID stated it was additionally testing drones to map areas of Nepal which might be susceptible to floods, landslides and avalanches to enhance response in emergencies.
“To get help to people quickly when these disasters strike it is essential to know exactly where the medical facilities are and what condition the local road network is in,” DFID stated.
(Reporting by Magdalena Mis @MagdalenaMis1; Editing by Katie Nguyen.; Please credit score Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian information, women’s rights, corruption and local weather change. Visit information.belief.org)