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Uganda’s ministry of health, the Academy for Health Innovation, Uganda, and Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) collaborated on the medical drones pilot at Bufumira, which carried anti-retroviral drugs ARVs to more than 1,000 people living with HIV.

According to a 2020 report by UNAIDS, Uganda has an HIV prevalence of 5.8% among adults aged between 15-49; an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV. Located about 60 miles from the nation’s capital, Kampala, and home to more than 67,000 people, Kalangala district has an HIV prevalence rate of 18%, far higher than the national rate.

The delivery of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and healthcare is difficult, weather-dependent, and risky for healthcare workers, as travel into the region is possible only by boat. The drones, it’s hoped, which cost about £4,000 each, carry loads of up to 1kg and fly for 150km, will “close that last mile”, said Andrew Kambugu, executive director at Makerere University Infectious Disease Institute (IDI). The drone was a pilot for a new project which will now see 20 scheduled flights a month, carrying mostly HIV medicines out to 78 community groups and health facilities across the widely scattered Ssese islands, which have the highest HIV prevalence in Uganda.

Other African countries, including Rwanda and Ghana, are also using drones to deliver blood and medical supplies. The technology estimated to be serving more than 22 million people.

Uganda’s ministry of health, the Academy for Health Innovation, Uganda, and Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) collaborated on the medical drones pilot at Bufumira, which carried anti-retroviral drugs ARVs to more than 1,000 people living with HIV. According to a 2020 report by UNAIDS, Uganda has an HIV prevalence of 5.8% among adults aged between 15-49; an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV. Located about 60 miles from the nation's capital, Kampala, and home to more than 67,000 people, Kalangala district has an HIV prevalence rate of 18%, far higher than the national rate. The delivery of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and healthcare is difficult, weather-dependent, and risky for healthcare

Last week, Amazon, the US retail giant announced that it would be opening its first African office in South Africa with a real estate investment of over 4 billion rand ($280 million) spread across 70,000 square meters (17.3 Acres) of land on the outskirts of the city center. The building project is expected to roll out in phases, with construction set to take place over a period of three to five years. The project is expected to create up to 19,000 indirect and induced jobs. Amazon already launched its data centres for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in cape town but its

Cowrywise, a Nigerian digital savings and investment platform, has raised $3 million in pre-Series A funding. Quona Capital led the round as Tsadik Foundation, Gumroad CEO Sahil Lavingia, and a syndicate of Nigerian angel investors locally and in the diaspora participated. The aim of this funding is to expand its product offering, support the onboarding of more fund managers, and build out its investment management infrastructure.  Founded by Razaq Ahmed and Edward Popoola in 2017, Cowrywise gives Nigerian’s access to a range of goal-oriented savings and investment products. The startup currently has 19 different mutual funds available through its platform, which allows users to get started saving and investing

New Release: The African Economic Congress 2020 Report.