Straightline Aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding with RAD-AID to launch a humanitarian and philanthropic medical assistance program using Lockheed Martin´s Hybrid Airship, the company said.
The RAD-AID Straightline Medical Airship Program will deliver advanced radiology health services, diagnostic medical imaging equipment, and medical assistance to populations that are medically underserved, remote or limited by poor access to conventional transportation infrastructure.
This collaborative program will integrate Straightline Aviation´s airship management and operations experience with RAD-AID´s 5,200 medical professionals already providing advanced medical imaging technology assistance to over 20 developing countries.
Launching in 2018/19, the initiative has attracted support from international health organizations and medical equipment providers, with work on further funding from government programs, philanthropic donors and corporations already underway.
RAD-AID International (501c3 nonprofit) has been recognized by World Health Organization, American College of Radiology, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, American Medical Association, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, and the Clinton Global Initiative for health solutions serving indigent populations.