Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world with 90% of its wildlife being found nowhere else on earth, has some unexpected innovation happening high above the baobab trees and vast rainforests. “There is something majestic and powerful about these Baobab trees,” said Astrid Knoblauch, a Swiss scientist at Swiss TPH and a resident of Madagascar since 2017. “…but have you ever seen them from above?”
Astrid has been working on the capability of drones to deliver TB diagnostic samples and drugs in rural areas of Madagascar. Not only do they give us a birds-eye view of the places in which we live and work, but they also have the capacity to fill existing gaps in healthcare.