In Madagascar Test, Drone Delivers Medicine by Air

In test flights last summer, several organizations used a drone to connect remote villages in a roadless region of Madagascar with <a href="http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/centre-valbio/">Centre ValBio</a>, a Stony Brook University research hub. Medicines and medical samples can be swiftly transported this way.
In test flights last summer, several organizations used a drone to connect remote villages in a roadless region of Madagascar with Centre ValBio, a Stony Brook University research hub. Medicines and medical samples can be swiftly transported this way.Credit Jaydon Kiernan and Choi Keoun

When drones are in the news these days, the context is typically war or surveillance or the speedy deliver of packages to impatient consumers. Here, Heidi Hutner of Stony Brook University offers a “Your Dot” contribution on a recent test in a roadless region in Madagascar that could signal an exciting new frontier for this technology – helping deliver health care to some of the world’s poorest, most isolated communities.

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