Fortune April 2, 2019
Andrew Nusca

The logistics of today’s health care system “really only serve the ‘golden billion’ people on the planet,’ argues Zipline International CEO Keller Rinaudo. Millions more die from a lack of care.

Most people think of drone delivery as science fiction—or at least an idea limited to ordering takeout for dinner. But it’s not so, Rinaudo told the audience Tuesday at Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference in San Diego. His California company uses the diminutive aircraft to deliver medical products in countries where there’s a distinct lack of infrastructure. And it works, he said.

Today, Rwanda is delivering 60% of the national blood supply outside of its capital, Kigali, using Zipline drones. About half of that blood is being used for mothers suffering from...