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In Madagascar, 80% of the population lives in rural areas and most people must travel several kilometers to access health products and services. Healthcare delivery on most parts of the island is quite challenging due to poor road infrastructure, increasing political and economic insecurity and severe weather caused by climate change. Since 2017, PSI and local drone technology company AerialMetric have been demonstrate the feasibility of using drones to overcome these challenges in a complex environment. Today, despite the constraints of the COVID-19 epidemic, drones are delivering health products to nearly 60 hard-to-reach sites in North East Madagascar. Join this webinar to learn how PSI and AerialMetric designed the drone delivery system, trained health workers and volunteers to receive and manage stocks, advanced the drone technology, and dramatically improved the stock levels for transported health commodities.

Presenters

Sandrah Rahantanirina has been the Drone Project Coordinator at PSI/Madagascar since its inception, intimately engaged in the design, planning and roll out of the project at the field level, and managing donor and government relations at the national and international level. Sandrah’s background is in biology and ecology from the University of Antananarivo.

Daniel Crapper is the Country Representative of PSI/Madagascar, with over 20 years of experience working in public health interventions across Africa and Asia. His particular area of interest is identifying scalable interventions, and building the business case for donors and other partners to make investments.

Stephane Bihr is the Director of AerialMetric, a French/Malagasy company that has been designing and developing aeronautical solutions for mapping services in Africa (particularly in Madagascar) for close to 15 years. Over the last five years, working hand in hand with the Government of Madagascar and PSI, Aerial Metric has become the second largest employer of young aviation professionals in Madagascar after Air Madagascar.