In 2018, we deployed the world’s first autonomous two-way air transport network in Vanuatu. On December 18th, Baby Joy became the first child in the world to be vaccinated with a vaccine delivered by drone under a commercial contract, thanks to a Swoop Aero aircraft delivery.
In Vanuatu, we proved our ability to transform the health supply chain with two-way logistics, through on-demand delivery of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, test kits, and other supplies. We even made life-saving emergency deliveries of Oxytocin to mothers suffering from postpartum hemorrhaging. We gave healthcare workers the control they need to deliver better care, and focus on their jobs without having to worry about supplies.
In 2019, we demonstrated the potential of an autonomous air transport network in Equateur province, delivering immunisation products, medicines and lab samples to remote health centers. The DRC healthcare system must deal with issues ranging from measles and yellow fever, to COVID-19 and Ebola. We have partnered with VillageReach to support the Ministry of Health and prove that the Swoop Aero solution can be used to revolutionise the delivery of healthcare in DRC.
The project received ongoing funding and will be entering sustained operations in 2020.
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In November 2019 Swoop Aero took over operations on the USAID Global health supply chain project in the Nkhata Bay district of Malawi. Operating from the district hospital, we quickly expanded existing operations that had been serviced previously. We operated up to 10 long range flights per day, with multiple aircraft airborne at once, to facilitate cold chain deliveries, medication drops, and collections of blood samples for HIV/AIDS testing.
In January 2020 we launched a multipurpose drone operation in the Nsanje and Chikwawa district of Malawi with funding from UNICEF and UKAID. By combining seamless daily long range deliveries with an ability to assist with flood mapping and disaster response, the program will strengthen the health supply chain and improve access to healthcare during the flood season for the 500,000 residents of southern Malawi.
In 2020, Swoop Aero conducted test flights outside Maputo, alongside Village Reach and in the presence of the Mozambique National Aviation Authority. Our mission is to support the National Public Health Institute and Ministry of Health in improving the reliability of lab sample transport and to deliver essential health supplies in Mozambique. The phase 1 of the program has been paused with the onset of COVID-19 and subsequent travel restriction. We obtained the first BVLOS approvals in the country and operated the first BVLOS flight and plan to return later in 2020 to complete phase 1.