Medical Drones in Africa: A Gamechanger for the Continent’s ‘Ailing’ Health Sector?

Edwin Ambani Ameso (SFB 1199), Gift Mwonzora (University of Erfurt)

Publication Date

April 2024


European Association of Development





Additional Information


While medical drones can be lauded as game-changing health technologies that help save lives, and usher efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the often contextualized as fragile African health systems, Edwin Ambani Ameso and Gift Mwonzora argue that this is not the complete picture.

Biographical Note

Edwin Ambani Ameso (SFB 1199)

A medical anthropologist with an interest in public and global health, he studied at the University of Nairobi, the University of Aarhus and the University of Oslo. He now works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leipzig.
He researches on “off-the-grid”: Infrastructures, processes of spatialization, and drones in Africa. His areas of research include health insurance, social protection and welfare, digital health technologies, infrastructures of care.

Gift Mwonzora (University of Erfurt)

Gift Mwonzora is a Research Fellow in the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, Germany. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Rhodes University in South Africa, and a B. Hons. in History and Development from the Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.
He researches on digitalisation, politics and the future of work in Middle-Income Countries. His areas of Research include development policy, digitalisation, governance, democracy, human rights, social justice.