(Xinhua) -- The World Bank
Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim described Rwanda’s use
of drones to deliver life-saving blood as best example
of how governments can tap into latest technologies for
benefit of their citizens.
Kim arrived in
Kigali on Tuesday for a two-day visit.
He headed to tour Rwanda’s drone port project run by
U.S. firm Zipline Inc. in Muhanga, southern Rwanda.
In Muhanga, he witnessed demonstration of blood
delivery using drones by the Zipline team.
He said the drones could be used to deliver more
medical products, including vaccines and other urgently
"Using drones to deliver blood is truly a life-saving
innovation and a credit to Rwanda’s leadership.
"It’ll greatly improve health outcomes," Kim said in
After the demonstration he noted that one of the
greatest challenges especially in developing countries
healthcare systems is that when someone has an emergency
requiring urgent attention, it is often difficult to get
the supplies where needed.
The drone port project was launched last October.
The drones deliver life saving blood to more than 20
health facilities in the western part of the country
which were inaccessible by vehicles, according to
The use of drones reduced the duration of delivery of
blood to about 30 minutes from 4 to 5 hours, officials
Meanwhile, the World Bank Group president affirmed
the lender’s commitment to support Rwanda’s development
process in all possible ways.
He said he was very optimistic about the future of
Rwanda, despite many obstacles and challenges.
"I am here to say to President Paul Kagame and the
Rwandan people that the World Bank Group is ready to
help in any way that they can and that we believe in the
future of Rwanda and we believe that it will continue to
be a model for the entire world," Kim said after touring
ICT innovation centre, kLab and Digital Fabrication Lab
He interacted with Rwandan young ICT entrepreneurs.
Kim is expected to address a public lecture at the
Kigali Convention Centre on Wednesday and meet Kagame
before winding up his visit.