Zipline, the well-known delivery firm that uses drones for delivering healthcare products, has successfully finished trial runs in Kisumu County, this is as the company concludes preparations for starting operations in Kenya.
According to a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Zipline and the Kisumu County Government, Zipline will be supplying over 200 medical products, inclusive of COVID-19 vaccines and blood products, to over 400 healthcare centers throughout the county.
This represents a major progress towards the county’s objective of universal health coverage.Winfred Njeri – General Manager of Zipline, Kenya
Njeri stated that the company has flown over thirty-five million commercial miles, which is a testament to the effectiveness of its technology.
Additionally, she expressed excitement and honor about partnering with the Kisumu County Government, the company’s first customer in Kenya, and eagerly anticipated serving more counties from this hub.
Established in 2014, the drone delivery company offers instant delivery services through its drone manufacturing and delivery system. This service supports national healthcare systems, connecting hospitals and laboratories to patients and resulting in improved outcomes and reduced wait times, particularly in remote areas.
Headquartered in San Francisco, the drone delivery company operates distribution centers in Rwanda, Ghana, Japan, the United States, and Nigeria.
Its Kenyan distribution center is located in Chemelil, Muhoroni Sub-County and will mark the first drone delivery of any products in the country.
Overall, Zipline has delivered more than 500,000 packages and 5 million products worldwide.