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Drone delivery firm Zipline completes test flights in Kisumu County


Zipline, the global delivery company famed for its use of drones to deliver healthcare products has successfully completed test flights in Kisumu County. This comes as the company finalizes plans to launch operations in the Kenyan market.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Zipline and the County Government of Kisumu, Zipline will deliver more than 200 medical products, including COVID-19 vaccines and blood products, to over 400 health facilities across the county. This is a significant step towards the County’s universal health coverage goals.

Winfred Njeri, General Manager of Zipline, Kenya said, “Our instant logistics system will enable community health facilities to consistently receive the medical products they need when they need them.”

Njeri said the company has already flown more than thirty-five million commercial miles, which has sufficiently proven the ability of its technology.

We are excited and honored to be partnering with the County Government of Kisumu, our first customer in Kenya and we look forward to serving more counties from this hub. ”

Founded in 2014, Zipline is an instant delivery service that operates a drone manufacturing and delivery system. The Zipline instant delivery service helps to ramp up national healthcare systems and connect hospitals and laboratories with patients, improving outcomes and reducing wait times, especially in remote communities.

The company, which has its headquarters in San Francisco, operates distribution centers in Rwanda, Ghana, Japan, the United States, and Nigeria. Its  Kenyan distribution hub is, located at Chemelil, in Muhoroni Sub-County, and will mark the first-ever drone deliveries of any products in Kenya.

Globally, Zipline has delivered more than 500,000 packages, and more than 5 million products.

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