LifeBank is a trailblazing blood and oxygen delivery company in Nigeria that jolts around the nation via the common, yet clearly efficient motorbike, servicing a whopping 300 hospitals.
According to recent research, Nigeria only collects about 66,000 units of blood per year, even though the country typically uses 1.8 million pints annually. The company, which was founded in 2016, says it is working to slash the 1.7 million deficit by getting blood to patients, safely and efficiently.
To ensure maximum efficiencies, LifeBank has teamed up with Google Nigeria, which has cut delivery time down from, for example, 3 hours to a mere 45 minutes. The app allows LifeBank’s swift team of motorbike-riding dispatchers to connect quickly to doctors, blood banks and hospitals, by providing the least traffic dense route options.
LifeBank, a social enterprise, is the brainchild of its founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun, who was inspired to launch the business after she was seven months pregnant and had an emergency C-section.
When Giwa-Tubosun realized she could have died due to hemorrhaging, she became driven to make blood more accessible.
According to the African population health research center, 23% of all maternal deaths in Nigeria, and 14% globally, are caused by excessive bleeding following childbirth. Also, while the maternal mortality rates in the US and UK are a low nine and 14 deaths per 100,000 live births, Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate is 814 deaths per 100,000.
To date, LifeBank has recorded over 4,000 lives saved directly through its assistance, and is honored around the world for exemplifying the impact possibilities of social entrepreneurship.