Drones for Health
Delivering Vaccines to a Remote Island Requires Innovative Solutions
In Vanuatu, an archipelago of 83 volcanic islands in the South Pacific Ocean, delivery logistics are a major impediment to childhood vaccines. Many villages are reachable only by single-engine skiffs. Others are only accessible by mountain paths that become bogs during the rainy seasons. And only one-third of inhabited islands have airfields and established roads. Making delivery even more complicated is the fact that many vaccines require refrigeration. As a result, about 20 percent of Vanuatu's children don't get all their shots.