Enabling Prime Minister’s vision of TB free India by 2025 by using drone to deliver TB medicine.
TechEagle's Vertiplane X3 drone made its first delivery in the state of Uttarakhand, transporting 3.0kg of TB medicines from AIIMS Rishikesh to District Hospital, Baurari (New Tehri) covering a distance of 36 km non-stop and an elevation gain of 2 km in 29 minutes. It is 6X faster than ground transportation, as by road it is a 72+ km distance and takes approx 2.5-3 hours. The drone returned with diagnostic samples of TB from the patient's family members.
This initiative is part of the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan, launched by the Indian government last year. TechEagle’s end-to-end Drone technology stack has the potential to improve healthcare access in remote and underserved communities in Uttarakhand.
Dr. Meenu Singh, Executive Director & CEO, AIIMS Rishikesh highlighted ‘Our effort is to deliver essential medicines to the needy in all the remote areas of Uttarakhand. Especially in Uttarakhand, we have made efforts in the direction of tuberculosis control. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated the resolve of a TB-free India. We have tried to make this resolution a reality in Uttarakhand. She said that after completing all the homework under the campaign to send medicines by drone. Right now we have selected Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand for this service.
Vikram Singh Meena, Founder & CEO of TechEagle expressed that "We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with AIIMS Rishikesh and the Government of Uttarakhand and to transform the healthcare supply chain in the state. Our team at TechEagle is committed to expanding this project statewide, leveraging the power of drone delivery to save and improve lives in the country. This is not just a business opportunity for us, but a chance to make a meaningful impact on the society we serve. We are proud to be leading the way in the adoption of drone delivery solutions for healthcare in India and look forward to continuing creating a larger drone ecosystem in India."
AIIMS Rishikesh also expressed its appreciation for the project and the potential it has to improve the lives of patients in the region. The success of this project has the potential to pave the way for more widespread adoption of drone delivery technology in healthcare and beyond.