Malawi: Low-cost drone built by students delivers medicine over 19 km distance

By Michael Scheibenreif PhD, UNICEF Office of Innovation Kasungu Aerodrome  © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Suresh Muthukrishinan In November, an aviation milestone was achieved in Malawi, as a team from Virginia Tech supervised a fully autonomous, 19 km simulated drug delivery flight in a drone designed and built by Malawian students. The aircraft, called EcoMalawi, was designed at … Continue reading Malawi: Low-cost drone built by students delivers medicine over 19 km distance

Students making drones that will benefit communities in Malawi

By Naomi Kalemba, UNICEF Malawi Ethel Pondelani a student from Malawi University of Science and Technology, UNICEF’s Michael Scheibenreif and Selina Kasambara at Kasungu Aerodrome  © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Suresh Muthukrishinan In Malawi, the majority of girls shy away from mathematical and science subjects. Selina Kasambala is an exception. From a young age, she has always loved … Continue reading Students making drones that will benefit communities in Malawi

Testing the use of drones for emergency flood response

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) staff analyze a map of the affected area ©UNICEF Malawi/2017/Jacob Nankhonya By Judith Sherman, Chief of HIV/AIDS, UNICEF Malawi At 9 am on 8 November 2017, the Deputy Director of Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Dyce Nkhoma, received a phone call from … Continue reading Testing the use of drones for emergency flood response