The cases are almost always present whether in the villages or cities. For most hospitals in Nigeria, blood bank is almost absent. In most cases, the blood type available would not match the patient’s. The consequence of this is toll in death rate and wrong transfusion of blood. Even when the demand for blood is high, the question of where to get the right one is beaten by space and time. This has been the brunt of Temi Giwa-Tubosun, a young Nigerian entrepreneur who is a mobile blood banker and has built an application to address this issue.
A plaintive experience is relayed by Ugo whose dad was down in the hospital for two years. Ugo’s dad needed blood but nobody in the family match his blood group. Ugo lost his dad after his mum failed to get the right blood type. This is almost always a common story. Temi Giwa-Tunbosun is a Nigerian social entrepreneur and founder of Lifebank where you could access any blood of any type with just a swipe on your mobile phone. This apps also allows social connection between Nigerian hospitals and blood banks in different places in the country.
Temi’s initiative allows for flexibility of time and space as there is a mobile Lifebank and delivery happens within the space of two hours after a request. Currently, Lifebank has two percent of Nigerian blood bank market. Lifebank is not compensated by governments’, they are working in building their own voluntary donors scheme.
For Temi, this is more than a business venture, it is a life-saving scheme that has saved many Nigerians life and has eased the burden of blood type scarcity.