Drones deliver HIV drugs to remote islands in Uganda

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Uganda launched its medical drone program to deliver HIV drugs to the Kalangala district.

Uganda’s Kalangala district is made up of 84 islands in Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake, which Uganda shares with Tanzania and Kenya. This district has the highest HIV prevalence in Uganda. The government’s HIV strategy estimates the prevalence of the virus to be up to 40% in some fishing communities. Hence, the Ugandan government wants to improve the delivery of HIV medicine to the area.

Since the delivery of medicine is difficult in the Kalangala district a Ugandan pilot project uses drones to deliver HIV drugs to the area. The drone can carry loads of up to 1kg and fly 150km. These medical drones have delivered HIV medicine to more than 1000 people so far.

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