UAS coordinating body We convene global health supply chain donors and international organisations to coordinate and align investments in drone delivery to improve health outcomes

Our vision

We envision drone delivery being an integral part of the supply chain operations that improves universal healthcare and provides beneficiaries with greater access to health services and commodities across the globe.

Why UAS?

Despite conventional efforts to strengthen health systems, many hard-to-reach populations in remote areas are still disconnected and lack health care coverage. Uncrewed Aircraft Systems, though, commonly known as drones can reduce delivery times, reduce the wastage of temperature-sensitive commodities and increase access to remote populations that are either underserved or not served at all. As such there is great potential for emerging markets to consider UAS as a complementary tool to leapfrog infrastructural obstacles and improve health systems, particularly when it comes to last-mile delivery.

Who we are?

The ISG UAS coordinating body, formed in 2018, convenes 12 international organisations and donors in the health supply chain space to align on and coordinate UAS investments for payload delivery in low- and middle-income countries.

Through our coordination, we aim to better understand the potential for UAS to strengthen global health systems, where to focus our investments in the near- and long-term and how to better leverage the work of each organisation. Ultimately, we aim to expand our knowledge base and ensure that our investments are cost-effective and sustainable.

What we do?

The ISG UAS coordinating body works with governments, country stakeholders, donors, and technology and implementing partners to make informed and evidence-based decisions about integrating UAS into supply chain systems to improve health outcomes. The group meets monthly to discuss projects, align and coordinate activities, and share knowledge and experience with one another.

Our areas of focus

Prioritisation

We work with local partners to identify priority areas, countries and contexts in which drone delivery can have the greatest impact on health outcomes.

Private sector engagement

We work with the private sector to overcome barriers and explore opportunities for drone delivery integration within existing distribution and transportation business models.

Donor coordination

We align and coordinate donor investments by sharing information and opportunities, and seeking synergies

Learning

Leveraging the work of members, we continuously learn by generating and sharing evidence, knowledge and lessons-learned to improve drone delivery in supply chains.

Enabling environment

By providing support for regulatory work, local capacity and local ecosystems, we work with partners and members to create an enabling environment for the increased adoption of drone delivery in supply chains

Knowledge and evidence

Our members’ projects have demonstrated that drone delivery can improve the supply chain performance by reducing diagnostic sample turnaround time, improving stock management and increasing vaccine and medical commodity availability at health facilities. This translates into better vaccination coverage, more rapid treatment of patients and more lives saved during medical emergencies. Ultimately, improved supply chain performance leads to better health outcomes.

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Members

Contact us

Please contact us for any collaboration or knowledge sharing opportunities.

We would particularly like to hear from government entities, academic institutions, implementing partners and community organisations looking to collaborate with donors.