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Working with GLOBHE, the project team recently completed an in-depth landscape analysis of the various actors, objectives, and lessons learned from use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) in the development context. The analysis included six key case studies of UAVs used in health supply chains in Madagascar, Malawi, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, and Sweden to highlight successes, challenges, and recurring themes across this developing sector.


Staff analyzed the three different types of UAVs (fixed wing, multi-rotor, and hybrid) to evaluate comparative advantages and disadvantages. Analysis authors also compiled the current laws and regulations regarding UAVs in PEPFAR countries as well as a list of available UAV models and humanitarian UAV projects to date.


Staff are working with USAID to identify GHSC-PSM countries to further evaluate for potential drone pilots.

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May 10, 2021
COVID-19 began to impact the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project by March, 2020, with travel restrictions and other public health measures greatly limiting in-person training and other capacity-building activities. The impact of COVID-19…
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April 13, 2021
The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project has launched a podcast series! Health on Ice captures the lessons learned from transportation of critical health commodities in low-resource settings, especially during the time of global pandemic and…
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January 4, 2021
A recent article on “Bringing Data Analytics to the Design of Optimized Diagnostic Networks in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Process, Terms and Definitions” was published in the latest December issue of Diagnostics journal. The authors, of which the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-…