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White Paper on Unmanned Aerial Systems in PH Supply Chains

January 22, 2018

Unmanned aerial systems have significant potential to improve the availability of health products in hard-to-reach locations. Find out why in our new White Paper.

JSI/WEI Photo Library Photo
JSI/WEI Photo Library Photo
JSI/WEI Photo Library Photo


As more low- and middle-income countries explore opportunities to improve their public health supply chains and diagnostics networks, knowing how best to use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to improve reach in the last mile is critical. JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., and our partners LLamasoft, Inc. and the Nichols Group provide objective guidance for countries and public health stakeholders on how to make informed decisions about which health products to prioritize for cost-effective delivery using UAS vs. well-managed traditional modes of last-mile delivery, such as land cruisers and motorcycles.

The analysis took into account geography, UAS characteristics, and characteristics of products and their demand patterns. The paper focuses on examining the cost-effectiveness for each of the following product types:
  • safe blood for transfusion
  • long-tail products (small quantity, unpredictable demand products)
  • program and essential medicines
  • vaccines
  • diagnostic specimens

Discover other ways JSI is using technology to improve public health supply chains.