Zipline has signed an agreement with Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) member Kisumu County to use Zipline’s state-of-the-art warehousing facility and self-driving aircraft technology to store and deliver COVID-19 vaccines, blood and other medical products in Kisumu County health facilities.
The agreement provides for the establishment and operation of a Zipline distribution center in Kisumu County, which will serve as the base of operations for the Zipline Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Zipline Services, which will be able to serve projects and health facilities in 16 countries. western counties of Kenya.
Kisumu County Governor, HE Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o said, “We have made significant efforts to improve the overall delivery of health care to our people. It is therefore heartening to note that our mission to achieve universal health coverage is on course for this historic partnership which will ensure that no one is left behind because of their location.”
Commenting on the partnership, the LREB Chairman and Kakamega County Governor said, “It is our commitment as LREB to pursue an aggressive program of building a robust health care delivery system that will only serve not just a few, but the vast majority of people within LREB Zipline’s technology is what we can use to accelerate the transformation of our healthcare systems to deliver timely healthcare solutions to people whose mandate we serve”.
“We’ve seen how on-demand automated delivery can transform healthcare systems to make them more efficient, effective and equitable,” said Keller Rinaudo, co-founder and CEO of Zipline. “Zipline’s expansion into Kenya, our seventh country, in partnership with Kisumu County, is a critical step in extending these important benefits to more communities around the world.”
Daniel Marfo, senior vice president of Zipline Africa, also said that Zipline will expedite the process of building the distribution center to enable rapid access to healthcare for life-threatening illnesses and vaccinations.
“This partnership between Zipline and Kisumu County is a powerful collaboration that will solidify transformational logistics medical delivery in Western Kenya and put Kenya at the forefront of healthcare excellence,” he said. -he declares.
Following the launch of Zipline’s UAS delivery operations from its distribution center in Kisumu County, the parties will work together in an operations phase of the project to deliver medical supplies, including COVID vaccine doses. -19, to health facilities in the operational area in accordance with standard operating procedures and conditions of service.
Zipline’s presence in Africa has enabled it to create business alliances in Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and now Kenya, where it aims to lead a technology-driven industrial revolution in the sectors of health.