Drone Technology: How It’s Changing and Savings Lives in Rwanda

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(source: https://www.cnet.com/pictures/take-a-look-at-ziplines-new-drone-delivery-system/)

In the United States, drones are fun playthings. They are used widely to capture aerial photos and footage that make wedding videos a lot more creative, travel reels a lot more expansive, and event films a lot more comprehensive. Somehow, the aerial view just gives a much more complete picture of things.

The drone frenzy has become so popular that some manufacturers also produce aircrafts for kids. These gadgets will surely foster and put to test the little ones’ skills at flying and maneuvering, which can become useful when they become adults and start driving and controlling actual machines at work.

If you are planning to buy a drone for kids, you can visit Dronethusiast.com. This website contains a lot of informative reviews about the most recent drone releases on the market.

In Rwanda, the drone technology takes on a unique image. Unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs change and save lives in the African nation. Read on to know how this technology has made a lasting impact in Rwanda.

A 2-year-old survives malaria because of blood delivered by a drone

Time magazine is very eloquent in its documentation of the first ever human saved by blood delivered by a drone. It was December 21, 2016 when a worried mother named Delphine Twese Hamwe rushed her 2-year-old daughter to a hospital. She was told that her child Ghislane Ihimbazwe was suffering from a rare type of malaria, and that she was in need of blood transfusion.

For Delphine, it was too late. Her daughter was already not moving when they arrived at the hospital. But in her disorientation, she still agreed to the transfusion even as she was already phoning home to deliver the bad news.

The hospital was to try something new. Instead of ordering blood bags from a blood bank in Kigali, which was still a three-hour drive away, the hospital sent their orders to Zipline, a U.S.-based startup that has struck a deal with the Rwandan government to deliver blood and other medical supplies to remote Rwandan communities.

The blood ordered arrived in just six minutes, and the life of little Ghislane was saved. The moment she opened her eyes, she became the very first person to be saved by Zipline’s systems.

A once-persecuted Tutsi is now a life-saver in renewed Rwanda

Bloomberg found a very heart-wrenching story that is rooted in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Abdoul Salam Nizeyimana was only a toddler when the Tutsi persecution was launched by the Hutu-lead Rwandan government. His whole family was Tutsi, and they easily became the target of the ruthless movement.

Abdoul, his siblings, and their mother hid under the bed on the night that their executioners came. His father was the one who faced them with the intent of making them believe that his family was not home. He was hacked to death. Soon the killers found the hiding family, and they, too, were hacked with machetes. Everyone died except Abdoul, who was soon taken in by his grandmother and uncle.

He went on to become an electric and electronics engineer, making him qualified to lead a team of young people in Rwanda. Their primary function was to launch Zipline’s aircrafts so that they can deliver blood with utmost efficiency. Abdoul’s story is indeed that of someone who has been wronged severely in his home, but still chose to go back and serve.

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