Dr.One concept uses small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for the last-mile delivery of healthcare commodities (such as drugs, contraceptives, blood samples, rapid diagnostic test kits, vaccines, etc) to remote communities in developing countries. Currently in a prototype phase.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Implementing organization: Drones for Development. Customers: Ministry of Health, organizations for National Health Service, International/Non-Governmental Health Care Organizations, Third Party Logistics Service Providers, Pharmaceutical manufacturers and specialized medicine supply organizations.
The prototype's drone electronics are based on commercially off the shelf and open source products. A data link is used for controlling the drone.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Through Drones for Development in partnership with local organizations and National Health Systems
Distributions to Date Status
Proof of Concept in Ghana
Prototype specifications: Safe to use Easy to use Legal to use Low cost Carries up to 2 kg Range of 100 km Minimal moving parts Vertical take-off and landing Can be produced locally Does not require complex infrastructure
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Vetted Performance Status
"Actual cost savings for the Ghana Health Services amount to US$ 4,129 per drone per year when Dr.One drones are introduced in small quantities, for example at one location in the Builsa district"1
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
- Roessingh, Jan & Poppinga, Gerald & Haar, Mirjam. (2016). Dr.One Proof of Concept – Finalized Business Case – Connecting people living in remote and hard to reach areas to the health system. 10.13140/RG.2.2.24960.43521.
Compliance with regulations
Healthcare rules and regulations: Ghana Health Services (GHS) Code of Code of Ethics. Aviation rules and regulations: Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) set of rules. Permission required from the regional and local authorities, the regional and local police and the immigration services.