01 May 2019
Malawi reached its very own aviation milestone in January 2018. A team from Virginia Tech in the US supervised a fully autonomous, 19km simulated drug delivery flight in a drone designed at the university and built by Malawian students.
The aircraft, EcoSoar, was designed at the Unmanned Systems Lab for it to be fabricated and operated in Malawi for remote medicine delivery.
EcoSoar flew in the drone testing corridor in Kasungu, which was opened by the Malawi government, in conjunction with the UN’s children’s agency Unicef, in June 2017. The corridor was designed to explore the impact of drone applications in emergency supply delivery, vaccines, sample delivery for diagnosis and remote sensing.Read the full article
29 April 2019
The advent of telemedicine in some of the most rural and underprivileged parts of the world has been a game-changer for medics and patients alike
Daniel Martínez, a coordinator of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) telemedicine service, receives an alert on his mobile phone. The organisation’s team in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has a question about a paediatric case – a fiveday old baby with suspected tetanus.
The question is immediately forwarded to the system’s near 350 experts from more than 30 medical specialties around the world who answer cases requiring expert opinion very swiftly. That’s a typical day for the MSF (known in the Anglophone world as Doctors Without Borders) telemedicine operation carried out in Africa and in more than 72 countries worldwide.Read the full article