Bosch announces collaboration with Yonah to help solve healthcare challenges in Papua New Guinea

 
 
 

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2018-02-08 | Malaysia | Corporate News

Bettering lives and delivering medical supplies through cargo drone infrastructure supported by Bosch technologies

  • Yonah, a project group of students and alumni of the National University of Singapore (NUS) aims to overcome access barriers to healthcare in rural areas through cargo drone infrastructure
  • Beginning with their pilot project in Papua New Guinea, Yonah is working to deliver time-sensitive vaccines to about two dozen remote sites
  • As a technology partner to Yonah, Bosch is involved in the provision of monetary support, sponsorship of tools and technical expertise

Singapore – Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, announced today its collaboration with Yonah. Yonah is a student-initiated project group started by alumni and students of NUS that seeks to overcome access barriers to healthcare in rural regions through autonomous technologies. As part of the partnership, Bosch has offered financial support, product and technology sponsorship, as well as on-going consulting, training, and technical advice.

The project was inspired by the founding team’s trip to Papua New Guinea in 2016, where they discovered cargo logistics challenges caused by the difficult terrain and lack of road infrastructure. This also inhibited the transport of medical supplies to rural villages, causing a surge in prices for transportation and hindering supervisory medical visits by health community workers. Yonah was thus founded to help time-sensitive medical supplies reach the communities that need them.

“From our hospital partner at Papua New Guinea, we learned that health workers conducting immunisation patrols at the various rural health centres have to travel 20 to 30 kilometres on foot, taking up to three days to cover,” explained Ong Tian Chang, Yonah’s co-founder. “A routine immunisation patrol covering multiple sites could even take up to 12 days, which was definitely too long for vaccines to reach the provinces. It was then that we realised the potential of utilising autonomous drones in getting vaccines delivered.”

Enabling meaningful projects through innovation

Bosch came to hear of the Yonah project and decided to come on board as Yonah’s technology partner, enabling student volunteers through sponsoring financial resources, power tools, as well as expert mentoring amongst others.

With the team working on a project trial to implement a cargo delivery service system in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Bosch tools and technologies such as temperature guns and drill presses are utilised to build operationally-ready drone infrastructures to service two dozen remote sites with time-sensitive medical supplies. Additionally, Bosch provides on-going support to the team, with its technical experts providing regular training sessions to ensure the effective use of its tools for the project.

“Making a difference and enabling better living through innovation has always been close to the heart of what we do and believe in at Bosch,” says Martin Hayes, President of Bosch Southeast Asia. “At Bosch, we are committed to addressing social concerns and enabling sustainability through the solutions we offer. We are very glad to be supporting Yonah and to be sharing our technologies with its passionate team. They are a perfect example of the next generation who are effecting positive change in global communities with their skills and educational know-how”.

Sustaining transformation and the way forward for Yonah

With the completion of the cargo drone infrastructure, Yonah is now setting its sights on local field testing and launching actual flights to deliver vaccinations, in the rural villages of Papua New Guinea and beyond.

“Even as Yonah seeks to deploy more of the drone technologies in other rural areas to limit vaccine-preventable diseases, Bosch hopes to continue supporting their vision to make a difference through technology and innovation,” adds Martin Hayes.

About Bosch in Malaysia

Bosch has been present in Malaysia since 1923, represented by Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd, with offices located in Selangor, Penang and Johor. In Malaysia, Bosch has diversified businesses in Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The company has three manufacturing plants in Penang providing Car Multimedia, Power Tools and Automotive Steering systems. In 2016, Malaysia contributed sales of RM 610 million (133 million euro) and employed more than 2,700 associates.
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About Bosch worldwide

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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