Drones as a Humanitarian Tool
Drones are often thought of as tools of war, but there is a growing recognition they can be used to serve humanity.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and UNICEF have used drones to assess damage and find survivors in disaster regions too rugged or dangerous for human search parties. Authorities dispatched drones after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to monitor survivors and find people washed out to sea. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) uses drones to prevent poaching in Namibia. In Kenya, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy uses UAV thermal imaging to track endangered animals.
Drones Without Borders has been established as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, specialised in the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in response to disasters and crises across the globe.