Announcements August 01, 2016

Distinguished Guests and New Technologies Come to Ifanadiana District

At the end of July, PIVOT was honored to host several distinguished guests at the PIVOT office in Ranomafana including Dr. Peter Small, Director of Stony Brook University’s Global Health Institute (GHI), accompanied by Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Dr. Mary Truhlar, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. Joining them were four medical students conducting field research in the communities around Ranomafana National Park.

One significant highlight of this collaborative research-focused visit was the first use of a drone to transport specimens from remote villages to the Centre ValBio research lab, thereby avoiding the need for the research team to carry heavy liquid nitrogen containers in order to preserve specimen integrity. The use of this new technology signifies new possibilities for health workers in our district to have increased access to essential supplies and medications that might otherwise be a several days’ walk away.

Check out this awesome video to learn more about their drone initiative: