U.S. Ambassador Pierangelo visited the AerialMetric drone facility in Antananarivo and discussed the many opportunities for drone use in Madagascar with CEO Pierre Loup, including commercial deliveries and delivering emergency or health products as well as spraying for mosquitos to combat malaria.
The U.S. government, through the USAID/IMPACT project and funding from the Global Fund, is supporting the national health supply chain system to use drone technology to dramatically improve last-mile availability of health commodities at some of the most remote communities in the country.
One drone can deliver up to 10kg per flight and travel up to 100 km. So far, more than 3,900 successful drone flights have delivered more than 6,000 kg of health commodities in 14 districts and across 5 regions, including over 476,00 child health vaccines and over 49,000 Covid-19 vaccines. This technology opens up new areas for collaboration with Madagascar’s health sector as the Malagasy government looks to improve the national supply chain and increase rural services.