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Innovative Health Product Delivery Methods Take Flight: New Evidence on the Impact of Drone Delivery in Health Programs
These external study findings validate Zipline’s statistically significant impact on health access, commodity availability, and supply chain performance.
- Ensuring routine vaccinations: A patient at a Zipline-served facility is 42% less likely to miss a vaccination opportunity due to stockout than a patient at non-Zipline facilities.
- Reducing commodity stockouts: Vaccine stockouts are 60% shorter at Zipline-served facilities than non-Zipline facilities.
- Increasing access and equity across the health system: Zipline-served facilities stock 10% more medical products than non-Zipline facilities
The full impact evaluation report shares deeper insights and key takeaways about Zipline's intervention
Increased health access and equity
There are higher commodity stocking rates and shorter stockouts at Zipline-served facilities compared to control facilities
Greater need, greater impact
The greatest impact is seen in the North, among facilities without cold storage, and those farther from the regional medical store
Opportunity for greater uptake
It is a priority path to serve unrealized demand as Zipline continues to grow and integrate across all levels of the health system
What this means for
1 — Continue forging the path for instant logistics
Significant gains in health access and equity can be realized with a national-scale instant logistics system powered by autonomous drones. Zipline will continue refining and improving the system to deliver on the needs of governments, organizations, and most importantly, humans.
2 — Pair organic demand with ongoing monitoring and evaluation
Rapid organic uptake and growth should be paired with targeted outreach and support as well as monitoring and evaluation to ensure that growth and increased impact go hand-in-hand for long-term impact.
3 — Keep making our innovative technologies easy to implement
The study highlights the complexities of rolling out a solution where the context, patient, and facility needs vary widely. We must continue building a modular and responsive system that can be flexible to the needs of health workers and patients within a fluid and dynamic system.
How it works
End-to-end supply chain system
Every day, Zipline distribution centers around the world are changing the way that healthcare supply chains operate, and how care is delivered. Simple. Fast. Effective.