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Dunzo Digital, a Google-backed delivery and e-commerce startup, is heading a Med-Air collaboration with industry professionals to undertake experimental BVLOS (Below Visual Line of Sight) drone delivery flights for the ‘Medicine from the Sky Project.’ The goal is to aid in the improvement of healthcare access during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The initiative intends to provide medical supplies to several regions in the state of Telangana. The programme created by the Telangana government and the World Economic Forum intends to have a large-scale impact and aid in the control of Covid-19 in the state. The drone delivery system will focus on an end-to-end ecosystem for drone-based logistic transportation and will make use of the state’s current logistics network.
Further, The Telangana administration is examining the possibilities of delivery of medical and healthcare facilities using drones across the state, using the Centre’s new regulation laws for low-altitude airspace for drones and unmanned aerial vehicles. The government has collaborated with the World Economic Forum, the government think tank Niti Aayog, and HealthNet Global to develop ‘Medicine from the Sky.’
Moreover, With the support of professionals in health, technology, and research, the government has teamed with the World Economic Forum, government think tank Niti Aayog, and HealthNet Global for ‘Medicine from the Sky.’ Furthermore, this much-needed programme will guarantee that basics like vaccinations and medications continue to be delivered despite infrastructure constraints and lockdown.
Dunzo has seen a 350% increase in pharmaceutical orders since January 2021. Dunzo handled the delivery of over 20,000 orders to hospitals between March and May of this year. This, along with the delivery of home-cooked meals, oximeters, and other medical help, has resulted in a 204% increase in Dunzo’s pick up and drop orders.
Furthermore, Dunzo’s B2B (business-to-business) vertical has increased 2x by partnering with volunteers, NGOs, and other groups to bring basics to people affected in the community, delivering millions of orders through its B2B logistics service.