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Newsletter - Issue 022
June 2019

Input needed on the UAV/Drone Code of Conduct: Guidelines on Cargo Drones

WeRobotics is exploring the extension of the CoC to include the use of cargo drones in humanitarian and public health efforts. Don’t miss your chance to provide input before July 1st.

What role should donors play in helping drones for delivery take flight?

“…experts tell Devex donors should focus on ensuring competition for contracts, building local capacity for medical cargo drones, and supporting safe regulatory environments that drones for delivery require to succeed.”

Emergency blood could soon be transported by drone in South Africa

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS), together with the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS), launched a proof of concept blood delivery service.

Testing agile cargo drone delivery to improve healthcare in the Dominican Republic

This field test was the first time Dronistics tested their UAV outside of Switzerland, in conjunction with WeRobotics and the Dominical Flying Labs.

Like ‘Uber for organs’: drone delivers kidney to Maryland woman

A team from the University of Maryland completed the world’s first organ transplant, delivered by drone.

Five innovators share 2019 AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award

Congratulations to UPDWG members Swoop Aero and Zipline for winning the 2019 AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award!

Ghana’s new lifesaving drones: like Uber, but for blood

Vox is weighing the pros and cons of high cost drone implementations in resource limited settings.

Flying drone lessons capture Ethiopian officials' attention

Government officers in Ethiopia completed a drone flying training through the World Food Program.

Skyports, AZ Turnhout and City of Turnhout announce medical drone delivery agreement in Belgium

In September, drones will launch at AZ Turnhout Hospital to transport pathology samples and pharmaceuticals between two major facilities during the pilot phase.

European Commission adopts rules on operating drones

The rules will apply to both professionals and individual drone operators. “Through operators' registration, remote identification and definition of geographical zones, all national authorities will have means to prevent misuse or unlawful drone activities.”


Perceptions of drones, digital adherence monitoring technologies and educational videos for tuberculosis control in remote Madagascar: a mixed-method study protocol

Results from the Drone Observed Therapy System (DrOTS) project that integrates a bundle of innovative technologies including drones, digital adherence monitoring technology and mobile device-based educational videos to support TB control.

The Design of Social Drones: A Review of Studies on Autonomous Flyers in Inhabited Environments

A literature review on human-centered design knowledge for social drones. Researchers also created an open online repository of design knowledge on social drones.

Research, evaluation and market analysis services related to multi-purpose unmanned aerial systems (UAS)


Inside the U.N.'s evolving drones strategy
11 June 2019
Webinar for Devex Pro Subscribers


Health & Humanitarian Logistics Conference
10-11 July 2019
Kigali, Rwanda


Remote Sensing for Humanitarian Programs Workshop
24 - 28 June 2019
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts  


EDGE Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition
15-18 September 2019
Anahime, California



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The UPDWG Team

Olivier Defawe and Gabo Ailstock
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