Using Drones to Provide Medical Aid to War-torn Countries

Delivering medical aid to war-torn countries is consistently getting more and more difficult because of the worsening insurance for the health workers and facilities. Adding to that, medical aid is imperative because it aids civilians who are injured during conflict and also have little to no physicians and medical aid to assist them. Medical aid includes: sending health workers, constructing health facilities and providing health care services like medication and surgical procedures.

The United Nations has taken many steps towards achieving the goal of making it easier to deliver medical aid to war-torn countries. The World Health Organization has launched new programs that focus on improving the circumstances in which the area of conflict takes place to provide medical aid. In addition, the World Health Organization has been training health workers across conflict areas to help in satisfying the need of health care workers caused by workers’ departure due to insecurities.

A possible solution to this matter is the use of drones. They have shown promising results in testing and have already began taking part in a few supply delivery missions. A great example of the use of drones to supply medical aid is Zipline which has provided their services to multiple countries including Rwanda. Moreover, there is another great example which is Adreas Raptopoulos and his startup company called Matternet that manufactures unmanned aerial delivery vehicles or UAVs. Raptopoulos likes to refer to Matternet’s UAVs as the Apple products of the drone space. “We want this company to be at the intersection of the best technology and excellence in design,” Adreas says. “We want to sell a vehicle to you that you can operate with an unprecedented ease of use.” Expanding upon that, Drones have very minimal draw backs; not only do they eliminate the factor of loss of lives during land convoys to provide aid, but they also have the advantage of being able to access areas which are inaccessible by land convoys. Finally, probably the largest advantage of using drones is indeed the fact that they get is of a big issue which is the safety of the medical aid whilst it is being transported. A significant amount of medical aid is lost every year before reaching the intended target due to something going wrong while delivering that aid, and what drones have is simply a higher success rate at delivering medical and humanitarian aid.

In conclusion, the world is consistently moving toward using technology and automated services, and the subject of providing medical aid to war-torn countries is no different. Drones can open the road to lower rates of lives being lost as collateral damage of war.

Mahmood Alkubaisi


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