The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health Supply Chain Program–Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project will lead an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) activity to focus on rural settings which experiences limitations in the existing distribution system and lab sample network, coupled with geographic and infrastructure challenges, which leaves gaps in service provided to patients. For this work, Chemonics will collaborate with UNICEF and work closely with its subcontractor for UAV manufacturing, Wingcopter. Through supportive collaboration with UNICEF and consultations with counterparts in the Ministry of Health (MOH), the project has confirmed that targeted local facilities are supportive of this activity and the utilization of UAVs for delivery of health commodities and collections of samples.
Specifically, the activity will pursue the bidirectional use of UAVs to and from hospitals and regional health facilities in the Nakata Bay District of Malawi. The activity will not only utilize UAV technology as a solution to improve health outcomes through increased speed and availability of deliveries but will also work with the MOH and private logistics companies toward the goal of sustainable integration of UAVs into the country’s supply chain.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Project Manager will collaborate with the HQ-led UAV team, GHSC-PSM field office, UNICEF Drone Specialist, Wingcopter staff, clinic and district hospital staff, Malawi Ministry of Health and Civil Aviation partners, and other activity stakeholders to coordinate implementation of the rollout of the activity and to help ensure success.
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