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- Drone deliveries boost immunization rates in Ghana's Western North region.
- Zipline's drones significantly reduce vaccine supply time to remote clinics.
- The innovative method helps health workers provide real-time interventions.
Flying vaccination delivery
Warp News has written previously about Zipline and their task of delivering Covid-19 vaccines using drones.
According to a new study, Zipline has been instrumental in the quick recovery of immunization programs in remote parts of Ghana's Western North region from the pandemic. The region's road conditions pose significant transportation challenges, especially during rains.
Recent research shows a notable increase in immunization rates in areas served by these drones.
- Drone deliveries take only 55 minutes to reach the remotest clinics, which would take over 5 hours by road.
- They ensure consistent vaccine supply, reducing waiting times for mothers and children at health centers.
- The initiative, in collaboration with Gavi, has strengthened the foundation of primary healthcare systems in the region.
The impact of drone deliveries
The study, currently awaiting peer review, highlights that areas with Zipline's drone support witnessed a faster recovery in immunization rates after the pandemic hit, compared to areas with traditional supply chains.
Osei Sekyi, the regional Expanded Programme on Immunisation chief, recounts stories of children receiving life-saving vaccines because of Zipline's prompt deliveries.