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UNICEF UAS vaccine delivery trial takes place this month

August 10, 2017  - By
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UNICEF and the Vanuatu government have selected Martek Marine to demonstrate UAV use for vaccine delivery. Martek will fund the trial, which will take place on Efate Island Aug. 21–25.

Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands —  65 of which are inhabited — that stretch 1,600 kilometers. Many islands are only accessed by boat, and mobile vaccination teams are frequently required to walk to communities carrying needed equipment to undertake vaccinations of children and communities in remote areas. The climate, lack of infrastructure and topography make this an arduous task.

The trial aims to assess technologies and proven safe operators that can help reduce the vaccine supply chain disruption and enhance service delivery, without requiring massive investment in infrastructure and transport. It will also provide the opportunity to explore and understand the wider application and potential of UAVs in the Pacific region long term.

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