Updated on October 8, 2018


Created on October 8, 2018

Drones for Development Dr.One

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Product Description

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.

Manufacturing/Building Method

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

Design Specifications

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

Technical Support


Replacement Components




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



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Academic Research and References

  1. 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.

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