Phase 0 Technology Demonstration
Phase 1 Safety & Feasibility Testing
Phase 2 Measuring Effectiveness
Phase 3 Expanding Impact

Country

Malawi

Year Flights Began

2018

Contact Organization

VillageReach

Evidence Generated

Total # of successful flights

1

Max flight distance achieved

18 km

Type of flight permission secured

  • No permission required
  • VLoS
  • BVLos
  • Other – see full data set

Location of Flight Permission

  • Site specific permission
  • Broad geographic permission
  • Other – see full data set

Level of stakeholder engagement

  • No engagement needed
  • Engagement of regulatory bodies only
  • Stakeholders at landing and takeoff sites oriented
  • Community outreach campaign targeting takeoff and landing site and wider community

Max payload carried per flight

1.5 kg

Maximum flight speed

67.5 km/h

Duration of flight permission

  • One-time
  • Limited duration
  • Unlimited duration
  • Other - see full data set

Results measured

  • Transportation time
  • Product quality
  • Costs
  • Health worker impact
  • Environmental impact
  • Other – see full data set
  • Results not measured
  • Contact organization for more details

References to Findings

Related Project Phases

Implementation Details

Status of Project

Suspended

Contact Person

Olivier Defawe
olivier.defawe@villagereach.org

Other Partners

Malawi Ministry of Health, Malawi Blood Transfusion Service, Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board

Payload

Blood and oxytocin

Geographic Scope

MBTS Lilongwe to Area 25 Health Center

Funding Source

Grand Challenges Canada

Drone Technology

Drone Supplier

Vayu

Model Name

X5

Method of Flight

VTOL fixed wing

Propulsion

Electric motor

Power Source

Battery

Payload Capacity

2.0 kg
55 x 15 x 14 cm

Maximum flight time with full payload in still air

minutes

Radio Links

UHF radio

Delivery method

Landing

Role

Delivery & collection

Are major repairs possible on-site?

No, must be sent out or materials sent in