DJI – Fighting Malaria with Drones

DJI – Fighting Malaria with Drones


In historic terms, malaria is perhaps the most
important disease that mankind has ever known. It’s been estimated that every second
person that ever has lived on the planet died as a result of malaria.
That is fifty-two billion people overall. The ones that died are mostly children
below the age of five and pregnant women. So it is still with us and it is still a
very important disease. There are literally thousands and thousands
of mosquitoes breeding here, in these rice paddies and people, the villages
are right around it. So that means that the mosquitoes
that come out of these rice paddies they will fly to these villages,
they will bite people and as a result of that, we will have a lot
of transmission of the disease. We will be working in these rice paddies and controlling mosquitoes
here over this large area is obviously very difficult. and that’s why we’re seeking solutions
through which we can do this better and faster. By helicopter this work in Africa cannot be done.
Just too expensive. By hand too time-consuming. What could fill the gap between
a helicopter and handspring? Three years ago a small organization called Anti-Malaria drones
came to us with a fantastic idea. Fighting malaria in a more efficient way
by using drones. For that purpose we had to customise one of our
off-the-shelf platforms called Agra’s MG1S. We had to integrate new mechanical pumps able to
spray a biodegradable agent. The point is that by doing that
we have a very small little film that is on the surface of the water
which prevents the larvae of the mosquito from breathing. So they literally, they suffocate and they die.
It’s a very simple approach. So by just flying over all these paddies,
spraying this biological control agent we are hoping to really reduce the number of mosquitoes that
come out of these rice fields and go out and bite these people. In this case it’s actually a chemical that has been used
for covering drinking water basins. So it’s actually completely safe for humans,
it’s completely safe for other organisms in the ecosystem. The drones can work fast. We can take ten litres of
fluid up in the air these days. It’s fairly easy to train people to use
the drones and actually fly them. It is beyond any doubt that
if you get rid of malaria altogether. it will have an enormous socio-economic impact. Very simple.
We get a healthy farmer, that means we get a good crop yield,
that means there’s more income for the family, that means there’s more education for the children
and everybody will benefit from it. You’re going to have an impact
on all other elements of society. It’s costing the continent of Africa more
than 12 billion dollars per year just to have people being treated with drugs,
taking care of etc. If we integrate the technologies that we have today,
the Nets, the spraying, the drugs, the Diagnostics. Everything that we have today but we add on the new tools,
for instance the drones, that we may actually achieve going down to zero
and keeping it there and that’s really important. So the first part of the project has
just been finalized. Now it’s all about the local community here
to continue with the data-gathering processes. Once we have it all,
the last part of the project starts when we will analyse all that data
and we will scale up this project to all affected regions where this type of technology
can make a difference. We treated this field yesterday and I’m really happy
to see there are no new mosquitoes in it today. People have been suffering malaria
for thousands of years in fact, we’ve been fighting malaria
for decades and now we have this type of technology. We have the drone technology to win this battle
against malaria once and for all.

100 thoughts on “DJI – Fighting Malaria with Drones”

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  2. Bang mau kasih tau ni di tempat saya di timika Papua itu sudah biasa seperti tradisi kalo belum kena malaria berarti belum jadi orang timika dan di timika sini hanya perlu 3 hari untuk sembuh dari malaria berkat obat yang di kembangkan oleh PT Freeport Indonesia jadi kami udah biasa sama malaria bahkan ada musim malaria

  3. I have the Mavic2pro, itโ€™s very pricy, a solid 2000 dollars, itโ€™s very very fun to fly, I became a pro in under 2 weeks, I now fly on sports mode to be dodging trees itโ€™s fun long story short

  4. We have green pools in my neighborhood in America ๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Old Demographic (on social security) can't afford to maintain their pools…..we have an epidemic in progress ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ’ฅ I emailed CDC to no avail….was given automatic reply to contact local health department, but they do NOTHING.
    OUR NEXT PANDEMIC WILL BE IN THE USA FROM NEGLECTED POOLS

  5. god bless the dji team to help those people in need…. may your works be flourished all over the world ….โค๏ธ

  6. Dji you geys are so rich by hart๐Ÿ’โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  7. Superb ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿโœ… go dji go ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณโœ…๐Ÿ™ save world ๐ŸŒŽ save environment ๐Ÿก save life

  8. Why marketing drones like this it's cost more and for agriculture is more expensive just contact the company that creative hybrid mosquito that once released kills all mosquito with certain mile Google it dj don't market your fancy drone to agri

  9. The same can be done by just an alternative solution instead of a DJI drone. This solution is too costly to implement massively.

  10. This is all hype bullshit for free publicity. Shameless companies like DJI will continue doing things like this to prey on peoples emotions and get talked about. They frankly give a shit for malaria, what they do care about is publicity and sales.

  11. I like the idea, I do almost the same flying around the jungle and the propellers cut all the insects standing in my way into pieces.

  12. Can you make this an extinguisher for Australia somehow please? Take firefighters out of harms way and save the environment at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I so very pround to DJI๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
    From east indonesia North Molucas
    And I Medical Laboratory ๐Ÿ”ฌ Malaria/Tuberculosis/Morbus Hansen Desiase

  14. Dear DJI rice fields are not a place where mosquito gives birth as the water is open to sunlight and moves constantly. This is a noble usage of drones but please use it to the right place. Your drones are big and can't go to small shady corners where actually mosquitos grow.

  15. a very good approach but for one year stop rice cultivation , cultivate somtgimg more valuable or equal in value,
    which doesn't grows in water , wstop malaria

  16. start growing something new suitable for those land's,
    or make ur houses far from fikes our of mosquitos range.. and use drones for other purposes to improve yield

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