Villagers rejoice as they receive the first vaccines ever delivered via drone in the Congo

The area's topography makes transporting medicines a treacherous task.

Photo by Henry Sempangi Senyule

When we discuss barriers to healthcare in the developed world, affordability is commonly the biggest concern. But for some in the developing world, physical distance and topography can be the difference between life and death.

Widjifake, a hard-to-reach village in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a population of 6,500, struggles with having consistent access to healthcare supplies due to the Congo River and its winding tributaries.

It can take up to three hours for vehicles carrying supplies to reach the village.

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Luckily we were in familiar territory. We dealt with power-grid fluctuations when we built a Beat Making Lab in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and were equipped with tools to handle the situation. With a fully charged laptop and an iPhone app to light the room, we recorded Yomira on a USB-powered microphone in near-complete darkness. The blackout added to vibrant energy to the session as Yomira was forced to improvise some of the lyrics she had written—it was a blessing in disguise! It was also a visually interesting performance to film; with Yomira's platinum hair, neon green/hot pink nails, and ample charm exploding out of the black void. 

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