DrOTS Nepal (Drone Optimised Therapy System)

Project Overview

In rural Nepal, the biggest challenge for healthcare delivery is the lack of an effective transport infrastructure. Healthcare workers or patients often walk for many hours to reach services and essential supplies are often out of stock.

DrOTS Nepal is designed for the early and rapid diagnosis of new TB cases in Pyuthan through the utilization of drones and smart pillboxes, called MERMS (Medication Event Reminder-Monitors), to support overcoming the access barrier in remote geographically isolated areas and improve treatment adherence/patient compliance. Our network of female community health volunteers use the drones to transport the sputum samples of people with TB symptoms to our laboratories or GeneXpert testing hubs.

Partners Involved

  • Nepal Government
  • NSF
  • Nick Simons
  • Stoy Brook University
  • LSTM
  • BNMT Nepal
  • Britian Nepal Medical Trust


Bishal Subedi

This new technology has helped in early and rapid diagnosis of missing TB cases in the communities. Also, case detection has increased considerably in the district.

Bishal Subedi
Chief, Health Office, Pyuthan

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Birat Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT Nepal)
Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Ward No. 2

+977 1-4436434, 4428240

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DrOTS Nepal Wins the AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award

Drone Optimized Therapy System (DrOTS Nepal) has won the prestigious AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards in the Humanitarian category, organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI, official website). It was officially announced at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL AWARDS 2020 held in Arlington from 6th – 8th October, 2020. The DrOTS Nepal project was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants as one of six winners for the Humanitarian and Public Safety Awards.