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September 2021 Newsletter

September 2, 2021

A simulation-based analysis for effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines: A case study in Norway

September 1, 2021
X. Sun, E. A. Andoh, H. Yu

This paper develops a simulation-based approach combining both route optimization and dynamic simulation to improve the logistics performance for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, including drone transportation scenarios.

Ethical Considerations Associated with “Humanitarian Drones”: A Scoping Literature Review

July 2, 2021
N. Wang, M. Christen, M. Hunt

This scoping review offers an assessment of the ethical considerations associated with humanitarian drones.

Historicizing medical drones in Africa: a focus on Ghana

June 26, 2021
S. Adu-Gyamfi, R. M. Gyasi, B. D. Darkwa

Findings from this study have revealed that Ghana’s adoption of the drone policy has enhanced the timely delivery of products such as test samples, blood and Personal Protective Equipment to various health centres and rural areas in particular.

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Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines: The Role of Drones In Ghana’s Health Supply Chain

June 24, 2021
UPDWG featuring Zipline and Ghana Health Services

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Intricacies of medical drones in healthcare delivery: Implications for Africa

May 29, 2021
A. A. Nyaaba, M. Ayamga

Literature review describing the uses, challenges and potential benefits of medical drones.

Unlocking the Lower Skies: The Costs and Benefits of Deploying Drones across Use Cases in East Africa

May 20, 2021
The World Bank Group

This report explores the economic and broader societal rationale for introducing drones t in several use cases in the context of East Africa including include medical goods deliveries, food aid delivery, land mapping and risk assessment, agriculture, and transport and energy infrastructure inspection.

Potential Benefits of Drones for Vaccine Last-Mile Delivery in Nepal

May 14, 2021
Adriana Lembcke Berninzon & Ornipha Vongasemjit

The objective of this study is to review the vaccine last-mile distribution to find a cost-efficient solution using a combination of modes of transportation to improve vaccine availability. 

How Do Dangerous Goods Regulations Apply to Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles Transporting Medical Cargos?

May 13, 2021
M. Grote, T. Cherrett, A. Oakey, et. al

This paper provides an audit of the current Dangerous Goods regulations, best practice in their application and the development of much-needed new governance that will be required to fully exploit UAVs in medical logistics.

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Improving the reliability of primary care services with drones in Madagascar

May 6, 2021
UPDWG featuring PSI Madagascar and AerialMetric

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