Drones will deliver snakebite antidote to remote corners of the Amazon

The Peruvian Ministry of Health has approved a project by WeRobotics to use flying robots to transport emergency equipment in the jungle. The region of Contamana was chosen as a testing ground for experiments, where deadly poisonous snakes bite 45 people every month. The doctor simply does not have time to see the patient, because the road to the village 40 km long along a winding river takes more than 6 hours.

The WeRobotics drone will cover the same distance in 35 minutes, and it will not be a one-way trip. On the contrary, doctors will not only receive help from colleagues, but with the same drone they will send them blood samples of the victim to clarify the diagnosis. The flying messenger starts from the hands and lands on any convenient spot, like a school football field, and such machines can fly all night long.

There were concerns about damage to the samples due to shaking in flight, but recent research at Johns Hopkins University has shown that violations remain within the margin of error. Indirectly, this depends on the fact that the drone is flying in a straight line, strictly adhering to the programmed route. From point A to B and back - there is no point in intercepting the car in order to use it for your own selfish purposes.

The first experiment with a simulated poisoning incident and an emergency delivery process for antivenom was successful. Now it is planned to delve into the jungle and expand the flight area to 100 km. WeRobotics are motivated to work in difficult conditions - the cost of devices with foam and scotch casings is low, and the demand for them in third world countries is growing.

Such working drones are already being actively used in Rwanda, for the same medical purposes in remote areas of the country. And the Kenyan authorities, impressed by the first successes, recently approved their use for purely commercial purposes. Transport is not the most cargo-carrying, but for poor African regions it is a real alternative to cargo aircraft.