Drones could speed up HIV tests in remote areas

Malawi has started a test program that uses drones to improve access to HIV testing for babies. STORY: Malawi has started testing the use of drones to speed up the time it takes to test infants living in rural areas for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).     Ten percent of Malawians suffer from HIV – one of the highest rates of the deadly condition in the world. The United Nations’ (UN) children’s agency UNICEF has partnered with US-based drone company Matternet to develop a program in which Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) pick up sample batches from local health centers and deliver them to specialist laboratories.
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