Zipline uses fixed wing drones to remotely deliver vaccines medicines and supplies.

Product description Brand name and product description

Zipline is a delivery drone manufacturer that specializes in medical supplies delivery in remote locations in all weather conditions. Their drones or “Zips” are fixed-wing delivery drones that are currently serving up to 13,000 people in Rwanda (21 hospitals) and Ghana (more than 2,000 facilities). Their mission is to integrate their delivery system into the healthcare system and deliver life-saving medical products to remote hospitals or individuals in under 30 minutes. The Zip does not require a landing site at the delivery locations as the medical product is dropped by parachute into a designated landing zone, a target area of five meters in diameter, and then returns back to the distribution depot.

Zipline has expanded and devised additional applications in the US:

  • US healthcare to provide on demand delivery for patients, either at home after a doctor virtual visit or if they need critical medication.
  • Life sciences to give the opportunity to life sciences companies to reach patients beyond the usual urban areas and cover a wider range of population in studies.
  • Covid-19 Response to provide vulnerable patients with critical medication.
  • Defense and disaster response: to deliver life saving medical supplies in combat or disaster zones
Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Rwanda and Ghana are the only active countries, Zipline has expanded to the USA. India and Philippines are planned to have centers for zipline this year 2020.


Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Zipline, GAVI, UPS, and the Rwandan Ministry of Health

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The implementation in Ghana cost around 12 million USD, according to the BBC, where 30 drones and 4 headquarters were deployed.

Drones are not available for sale, the company sells the whole service.




Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.
SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Governments, NGOs, health care providers supporting remote communities, patients

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