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World´s First Medical Drones with HemoCue POC Solutions featured in BBC World Hacks on January 4

Earlier this year BBC went to Malawi to film the world´s first humanitarian drone-testing corridor, which was launched ealier in June 2017. A HemoCue Point-of-Care (POC) analyzer was carried by a drone from GLOBHE.

January 30, 2018

Children outside aerodrome waiting for drone

Fast diagnostic services are crucial to help caregivers make diagnostic decisions that save lives. In some countries, the time to send tests to a lab or to get a result is too long, and using drones to deliver medical supplies can be lifesaving. The medical drones from GLOBHE carry a specially designed HemoCue Hb301 Drone kit. We are proud to provide fast, accurate and reliable diagnostic POC solutions to this project.

See the film clip from BBC World Hacks here:

 

 

On December 5, 2017, the drone project was featured in BBC´s program “Drone Delivery: Medicines by Air”. Check out the drone from GLOBHE carrying a HemoCue POC kit or listen to the radio clip from BBC here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswbzj#play

Drone flying with HemoCue packet

First of its kind! 

On 29 June 2017, Africa’s first humanitarian drone testing corridor and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use was launched in collaboration between Malawi Government and UNICEF. The corridor is centred on Kasungu and is designed to provide a controlled platform for the private sector, universities and other partners to explore how UAVs can be used to help deliver services that will benefit communities also in hard to reach areas.

People loading up HemoCue products on a drone

Pioneering work by UNICEF, GLOBHE and HemoCue

HemoCue teamed up with GLOBHE (a Swedish drone service company) to supply fast delivery of POC test and to support people also in hard to reach areas. The project launched by UNICEF and Government of Malawi, is a humanitarian drone program that may significantly improve efficiency and ability to deliver emergency services to areas in need. 
Since the announcement in December 2016, companies, universities and NGOs from around the world applied to use the corridor. This includes drone manufacturers, operators and telecom companies such as: GLOBHE (Sweden) in collaboration with HemoCue and UCANDRONE (Greece), and Precision (Malawi), all of which were present at the launch to demonstrate connectivity, transportation and imagery uses respectively. 

HemoCue personnel with drone

We are truly proud to be part in this project. Read the press release from UNICEF and watch the video from the first drone delivery in Malawi here below. 

Link to the UNICEF press release here

 

 

 

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