Eugene Maseya, Co-Founder; Thomas Lauzon, Co-Founder
MamaBird is a drone used to transport medical supplies and food to mothers giving birth in remote areas of Malawi.
MamaBird is a drone solution intended to transport medical supplies and food to mothers giving birth in remote areas of Malawi in Africa. The product aims to provide opportunities for women to interact with drone technology while providing basic medical supplies. As of September 2020, the product is in the prototype stage.
Malawi and other African countries
There is no information on the drone price, but some details are available for the price of the service: for one Clean Birth Kit 5.29 USD containing soap, medicine and sanitizer. Other proposed kits include food for the newborn and basic equipment.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Women in Malawi with a need for access to medical supplies for child delivery.
This product is currently in the prototyping phase and not yet manufactured at scale.
The users order the delivery of the medical kit and track it via an app.
A list of known products/services the device can deliver
Maximum distance the transport device can travel from its origin
Mamabird is a drone for delivery of medical kits for women giving birth. The drones deliver ready-to-use therapeutic food and high energy nutrition bags that can address undernutrition for a child during the critical first 1000 days of his or her life. The same drones can also carry clean birth kits containing the basic items for sanitary conditions for birth, i.e. soap, a sterile blade to cut the umbilical cord and a clamp, pads, and wipes. These supplies are sent out to rural health centres where health worker provide care and instructions to mothers and expecting mothers.
The drone has a payload of 10 to 20 kg and can achieve a range of 60 km. The users get a training on interacting with the drone and send it back once they pick up the shipment.
Training is provided to the users
Every village, no matter how remote should have access to the most basic level of care so that one day the mothers and children that receive aid no longer require it.
Drones are more efficient than vans or cars as they fly shorter distances in straight lines and will not face issues with the infrastructure.
Tests are still being conducted, no shared results yet. The manufacturer is currently waiting for operational feedback.
UNICEF has provided a drone testing corridor with a radius of 80 km in Malawi
No known safety hazards are related to this product
A tablet to track the drone
Scott J.E. and Scott C. H., 2017, “Drone Delivery Models for Healthcare,” Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
Compliance with drone regulation from the government of Malawi
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