DJI, the world leader in civilian drones and aerial photography technology, and a team of malaria control entomologists work together to develop a revolutionary technique to fight the disease. By combining the expertise of the research team and drone technology from DJI, a new way to fight the potentially fatal disease has been found. For the first time, there is a real chance to make a breakthrough in eliminating malaria with the help of spray drones.
DJI joined a team of entomologists in Zanzibar to pilot a modified DJI MG1-S Agras drone sprayed mosquito-infested paddy fields with a unique non-toxic and biodegradable silicone-based fluid (Aquatain AMF). The liquid was spread over stagnant water to form a very thin film that prevents pupae and larvae from breathing, drowning and dying on the surface.
"We are proud to be pioneers in this field with anti-malaria spray drones in Africa, along with scientists using our technology, and we hope that this approach will greatly help combat this deadly disease in the affected regions of the world ", said Dr. Barbara Stelzner, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at DJI Europe. "Reducing the number of new cases of malaria infection will not only alleviate people's suffering but also help them to achieve larger harvests and create new economic prospects in Africa."
Flying drones that spray biological insecticides In rice fields, the team of experts wants to show that the mosquito population can be significantly reduced. They will study the larvae and emerging mosquito populations before, during and after spraying to determine the potential impact of this approach on large rice irrigation systems across Africa.
"This experience has been made possible thanks to tailor-made DJI Agras The MG1
After the experiment, the scientific team intends to do this Publish the results in a scientific journal and share the results.
"This pilot is the first attempt to fight malaria with such large spray drones. If the results of these tests are as good as expected, this could be an enormous benefit for the fight against malaria, "said Professor Wolfgang Richard Mukabana of the University of Nairobi. The eradication of malaria in Zanzibar is the primary objective of the Zanzibar Malaria-Elimination Program (ZAMEP), which welcomed this innovative spray-drilling technology as a promising tool for eradicating the disease.
With the support of Tanzania Flying Labs, a The local robot organization and its branch at the State University of Zanzibar will contribute to economic development by empowering local and regional drone pilots through flight training, data collection and business planning.
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