Rwanda: Medical drone delivery system Receives 2017 Index Award


Medical drone delivery company Zipline’s joint initiative with the government of Rwanda was, last week, awarded the 2017 Index Award, Body Category, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

According to the Award Organisers, Zipline is the first endeavor in world history to use drones to deliver blood and other essential medical supplies.

Enhancing the importance of public-private partnerships, this commendable milestone was achieved putting every single one of their 12 million citizens within a 15-35 minute range for delivery of any essential medical product that they could need.

Zipline co-founder, Keenan Wyrobek attributed their choice of Rwanda as a partner to the Country standing out “as being data driven in their decision-making process and the most rigorous in how they analyse and manage risk in new projects.

Rwanda’s Ambassador to Denmark with residence in Sweden, Christine Nkulikiyinka, said the award was recognition of the value Rwandans-scarred by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis-attach to life.

The Index Awards are given in five categories; Body Category, Work Category, The Play & Learning Category, Community Category and People’s Choice.


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