UNICEF and the Vanuatu Government began trialling the use of two drones companies, Germany's WingCopter and Australia's Swoop Aero, thanks to funding from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) innovationXchange.
The two drone companies commenced their trials in early December. Swoop Aero has since moved to phase two, becoming the first commercial drone to deliver a vaccine to a baby.
A lot of progress has been made in Vanuatu over the past five years to increase the vaccination coverage, however many children and parents still face challenges in accessing all of the recommended routine shots.
Already, 13 children and five pregnant women have been vaccinated by Miriam thanks to the drone delivery.
“The drone project will change my life,” Miriam says.
"I'm really excited to receive the
drone and retrieve the vaccines
for the babies in Cook's Bay."