Drones African Humanitarian Disaster Response
Drones improve efficiency and ability to deliver services to vulnerable children during humanitarian disaster responses in Malawi and Rwanda Africa.
In Rwanda and Malawi, drones are being used for humanitarian relief efforts and to deliver life-saving blood and vaccines. Drones are a game changer for also transporting medicines and first aid supplies in Africa.
In December 2016, the Government of Malawi and United Nations Children Fund announced an agreement to create a testing corridor for a humanitarian use of drones.
On June 29, 2017, The Government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor located at Kasungu private airport in the Central Region of the Republic of Malawi to test potential humanitarian use of drones. The Humanitarian UAV Testing Corridor will run for at least one year, until June 2018.
How Drones Are Changing Humanitarian Disaster Response in Malawi.
Malawi testing corridor is the world's largest test area with over 5000 square km or 1930 square miles or around 1.2 million acres, roughly a little less than the size of Spain and slightly larger than Sweden.
“The success of these trials will depend on working in new ways with the private sector, government and local entrepreneurs and engineers who can ensure that technologies deliver appropriate solutions for the people who need them the most.”“Malawi has limited road access to rural areas even at the best of times, and after a flash flood earth roads can turn to rivers, completely cutting off affected communities,” said UNICEF Malawi Representative Johannes Wedenig.
“With UAVs we can easily fly over the affected area and see clearly what the impact has been on the ground. This is cheaper and better resolution than satellite images.”
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