Remote Corners of Madagascar
For people living in remote villages in Madagascar's Ifanadiana district, where there are no roads, travel can be treacherous. Now, researchers have used a drone for the first time to fly a long distance to a village, land, retrieve biomedical samples, and then relaunch and return to a central health care facility. These are the images of that journey.
Roads in Madagascar
A drone can cover the distance between the region's central health facility and the far-flung villages in about an hour. In contrast, making the journey on foot may take nearly 10 hours.
Drone in Flight
The project's goal was to use a drone to fly to the remote village of Ampitavanana, and either deliver medicine to the village, or pick up biological samples from the village and take them to be analyzed at a central medical center.
Health care workers in Madagascar can collect medical samples from patients. In the project, local workers collected blood samples from villagers so the samples could be transported to a central health facility by a drone.
Taking Off from Ampitavanana
Once the drone was loaded up with blood samples, the vehicle took off, and headed back to the central health care facility with its cargo.
Soaring in the Sky
After taking off the village, the drone flew back to a health facility where the blood samples could be analyzed.
Landing at the Health Care Facility
Just an hour after leaving Ampitavanana, the drone landed. Making the journey by foot would have taken about nine hours longer.
Unloading Blood Samples
The blood samples were unloaded from the drone. Then, they can rapidly be analyzed.