Redwing Labs

Health Infrastructure

Samridh support

SAMRIDH’s financial assistance is enabling Redwing Labs to fill the gaps and challenges in India’s last-mile healthcare supply chain systems by covering its operational expenses through a combination of validation grants and milestonebased funding, wherein SAMRIDH as a “risk investor” proposes to pay an incentive to Redwing Labs based on defined outcomes. SAMRIDH is also supporting Redwing Labs through coordination with State Governments’ and with evaluating the impact of its initiatives with an objective to inform India’s drone policy for future drone-based healthcare delivery projects.

Geographical Focus
  • Arunachal Pradesh and Telangana
Potential Impact
  • Reach

    2.7 Million

    lives

India has the seventh largest surface area in the world with complex and extreme topographical features. With its geographical variations ranging from mountains, jungles, deserts and flood-prone areas, but lack of access to good roads, infrastructure and electricity, the current healthcare supply chain systems of the country are not equipped to provide timely and reliable services in remote and hard-to-serve locations in India. Due to late or slow adoption of efficient practices like real-time, central, inventory management and regular quality checks, the healthcare services in rural regions and difficult geographies are often found insufficient and dependent on distant service providers at a higher cost. As a result, health facilities in remote regions find it difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to obtain medical products. This impacts emergency services significantly and leads to many preventable deaths across the country.

Drone-based delivery network for healthcare

Redwing Labs provides a district-wide drone solution, with a fully functional drone hub near the District Hospital (DH) comprising of drones (6 to 8 per district), to deliver over 150 medical products to all the Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Public Health Centres (PHCs) in that district. At the same time, the solution shall encompass the digitization of the indenting system at PHCs and CHCs, thereby leading to the wastage and expiry of medicines through faster turnaround and delivery times. A Redwing drone can cover the distance of approximately 30 kms in under 30 minutes and provide an effortless and on-demand delivery of medicines. The drone can be used to supply medical products, including COVID and routine immunization vaccines, blood products and samples, essential and emergency medical products in low-access areas such as rural, tribal and underserved challenging geographies.