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FORGET PIE IN THE SKY, DRONES ARE SAVING LIVES

Drones may one day make your life easier by delivering pizza, but today—in Rwanda—they are already playing a vital role in emergency medical services.
Lab technician Prosper Uzabakiriho collects a Zipline delivery in Rwanda.

BACK IN 2014 Keller Rinaudo met a graduate student at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. The student had built a mobile alert system for health workers to text emergency requests for medicine and vaccines. Health workers made thousands of emergency requests, which had never before been possible. Unfortunately, there was no way for the government to fulfill these requests.

“I realized then that I was looking at a database of death with thousands

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