Zipline, the California-based drone-delivery start-up that delivers critical medical supplies in countries like Ghana, has begun delivering Covid-19 test samples in the country’s two largest cities — Accra, the nation’s capital, and Kumasi, the country’s second-largest city.
Tech health start-ups have seen a jump in not only investor appetite but also in the ease of operation with many economies looking at them for go to solutions in the wake of the coronavirus. But how has this translated into business sense for them? Israel Bimpe, Head of National Implementation at Zipline joins CNBC Africa for more.
Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame spent the day with the innovative and powerful of the world at Viva Tech in Paris that is becoming a draw for African companies. Last year, Rwandan companies including AC Group, Irembo, Awesomity Lab, Zipline, Pivot Access, FabLab, Guez Show and Pascal Technologies exhibited at the tech show in Paris. CNBC caught with President Kagame at the show and he talked technology and its relationship with the rebuilding of his country.
Zipline, a robotic firm that launched medical drone delivery service in Rwanda to ensure fast and reliable access to medical products, will today officially launch it first distribution centre in Ghana. Joining CNBC Africa for more is Israel Bimpe, Head of National Implementation, Zipline.
In 2016, robotics firm Zipline launched medical drone delivery service in Rwanda to facilitate access to medical products which is hampered by lack of adequate transportation, communication and supply chain infrastructure. The firm now looks to start assembling drones in Rwanda as part of a new agreement with the government; for more on this CNBC Africa spoke to Israel Bimpe, Head of National Implementation at Zipline.
Drones to deliver medicines in remote African communities