Zipline has expanded service in Nigeria, partnering with Cross River State to distribute vaccines, medicines, and blood products to more than 1,000 facilities statewide. This partnership is the second for Zipline in Nigeria, following a February agreement with Kaduna state.
Zipline has been a leader in medical drone delivery on the African continent, establishing the first nationwide network in Rwanda in 2016. Since then, Zipline has delivered medical supplies around the world – often in areas where the lack of a robust road infrastructure leaves few viable alternatives to drone delivery. In addition to providing healthcare logistics, Zipline centers create jobs in the communities in which they operate.
In Nigeria, the Cross River State partnership with Zipline will be the first step in bringing drone delivery of medical supplies to the region. “Zipline plans to initially build two distribution centers to facilitate deliveries to more than 1,000 health facilities that serve millions of people across the state. These distribution centers will support the delivery of medical supplies 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says a press release. “Construction of the first distribution center is expected to begin immediately and completed within six months from the start date.”
“….The partnership was made possible by the great foresight and collaboration of State Governor H.E. Benedict Ayade, Dr. Betta Edu, Honourable Commissioner for Health, and Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, the Director General of the Primary Healthcare Agency.”