challenge categories

sample collection

The use of UAVs has been explored in recent years to help speed up the diagnosis of life threatening infections such as HIV and Tuberculosis. Highly specialized diagnostic equipment is often only available in larger hospitals and samples need to be transported from health centers in remote villages to diagnostic locations. Poor terrestrial infrastructure coupled with seasonal weather events in the Lake Victoria region can lead to severe delays of the diagnosis and life-saving medical treatment.

EMERGENCY goods delivery

In contrast to regularly scheduled deliveries for the collection of patient samples, emergency deliveries are “on call” transports and more time sensitive. The need could be related to blood transfusion, snake bites or communications.  Poor or inexistent terrestrial and maritime infrastructure coupled with seasonal weather events can lead to severe delivery delays.

rapid disaster damage assessment

This use-case will comprise the use of UAVs for rapid assessments. Besides carrying medical supplies, UAVs can also carry high-definition cameras as payloads. UAVs specifically equipped with cameras can provide an aerial perspective through which features of interest can be more readily identified than from a ground perspective. In addition, UAVs can typically cover more ground, more uniformly, more quickly and at higher spatial resolutions than other conventional means, especially when the technology is localized. This makes the use of UAVs for rapid disaster risk and damage assessments particularly appealing.