By Tom Jackson
Nigeria has an extremely high maternal mortality rate, with 814 deaths per 100,000 live births, 60 per cent of which are caused by postpartum haemorrhage. This is partly the result of a major blood shortage.
“Nigeria’s blood shortage problem has severe consequences for not just pregnant women but also children suffering from malaria complications, accident victims who bleed out from trauma injuries, patients going through sickle cell crises, and others,” says Temie Giwa-Tubosun.
Riding to the rescue is Lagos-based tech startup LifeBank, founded by Giwa-Tubosun, who comes from an international development background, in 2016.
After dabbling with the idea of starting a non-profit to encourage people to donate blood, she decided to launch a social impact business to address the issues of insufficient supply and poor logistics, with the goal of increasing access to blood and ultimately reducing the number of Nigerian women who die from birth complications.
The result was LifeBank, an online platform that connects hospitals with blood banks, and blood banks with donors. It uses a mobile app to create a community of voluntary blood donors, as well as a discovery platform on which hospitals can request the blood they need. LifeBank delivers requested blood in less than 45 minutes, Click here to read entire article