UPS partners on Rwanda drone network for humanitarian delivery

UPS has awarded a US$800,000 grant to support the initial launch of an initiative in Rwanda to explore using drones to transform the way life-saving medicines like blood and vaccines are delivered across the world.


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The UPS Foundation today announced a partnership with Zipline, a California-based robotics company, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to explore using drones to transform the way life-saving medicines like blood and vaccines are delivered across the world. To the support the initiative UPS has awarded a US$800,000 grant to support the initial launch of this initiative in Rwanda.

 

The Zipline drone dropping the parcel at the destination during a simulation
All too often, UPS notes, critical health products spoil or fail to reach the individuals who urgently need them. This public-private partnership combines a century of global logistics expertise, cold chain and healthcare delivery from UPS with Zipline’s national drone delivery network and Gavi’s experience in developing countries focused on saving lives and protecting health in the most remote places of the world.

“Public-private partnerships are the key to solving many of the world’s challenges, with each partner contributing its unique expertise,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS.

“UPS is always exploring innovative ways to enhance humanitarian logistics to help save lives, and we’re proud to partner with Gavi and Zipline as we explore ways to extend the Rwandan government’s innovations at a global scale.”