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Africa is the real Wakanda

23rd May 18

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Wakanda’s so hot right now. The fictional African nation, featured in back-to-back blockbusters Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, is a tech leader in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). As in the films, in real life, Africa has developed some amazing innovations that in some cases are even leapfrogging the rest of the world. Take a look at these three.

Drone delivery of medical products

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for flight hobbyists and aerial photography fans anymore. In Rwanda, they’ve found a use that takes them to bold new heights.

Africa has unique problems that have led to unique innovations. For example, in mountainous Rwanda, the transport of blood, medicines and vaccines to remote clinics is difficult. Enter Zipline, a drone delivery system that’s saving thousands of lives in the East African country.

Before this tech took to the skies in October 2016, it would take a rural clinic hours to fetch supplies at a regional centre. Now a drone can reach them in less than 30 minutes. Who needs vibranium power?

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