“Zipline has a proven track record of health system transformation,” said Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai. “Today, we’re making our first flights to pave the way toward bringing this proven service to Kaduna State. We are proud to be the very first state in Nigeria to adopt this innovative supply chain to support our efforts in healthcare delivery. Zipline’s system is a powerful next step in Kaduna State’s ongoing efforts to create a smarter, stronger health system that better serves everyone in our state.”
Zipline will run three distribution centers within Kaduna State, with a reach of 46,000 square kilometers enabling the company to deliver to roughly 500 health facilities. Zipline will initially deliver over 200 different medical products, including medicines and vaccines, with plans to expand in the near future. Zipline will carrot over the COVID-19 vaccine distribution model that it developed while working with the Government of Ghana to complete over 1.2 million deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines. A recent independent study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that Zipline’s instant logistics system has had a major improvement upon the effectiveness at health facilities in Ghana.