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In 2016, the Government of Rwanda initiated drone deliveries of blood products to 20 health facilities across the country. The goal of this intervention was to decrease delivery times, reduce stockouts and wastage of blood components, and to digitize the supply chain. This webinar will discuss the results from the recent study that assessed the impact of the intervention on delivery times and blood product wastage, as well as provide context to the facilitation of deliveries and insight into Zipline’s expansion.


Marie Paul Nisingizwe is a Ph.D. candidate in Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Her research work focuses on access to hepatitis C testing and treatment in Rwanda. Her interests expand to the improvement of access to medicine and health services in Low- and Middle-Income countries. She is the recipient of the 2014 Harvard School of Public Health McGoldrick fellowship and the 2020 World Bank Group Africa Fellowship.

Michael Law is a Canada Research Chair and Professor at The University of British Columbia. His research focuses the assessment of health policy changes, access to prescription drugs, and the use of routine health information systems for policy evaluation. His research results have been published in several leading medical journals and have received both major research awards and significant media coverage.

Israel Bimpe is Director of Africa Go-To-Market at Zipline. He joined Zipline in 2017 and served as Global Partnerships Lead, Head of Global Health Systems Integration, and Head of National Implementation in Rwanda. Before Zipline, He was Rwanda’s Country Manager for GLOBHE, a Swedish drone services provider. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Irembo, whose pioneer product, IremboGov, is the main government services platform in Rwanda. He was President of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation for the 2016-17 term. He has a BPharm from the University of Rwanda.