‘LifeBank believes that no Nigeria should die from the lack of blood, and that every Nigerian should have access to safe and reliable blood during blood transfusion. We are excited and motivated to make this a reality’
- Temie Giwa-Tunbosun
Having realized how close she was to dying during the birth of her son, Temie Giwa-Tobosun realized the importance of getting more proactive about finding lasting solutions to the problem of blood shortage in Nigeria.
Her work as a health administrator for the United Nations Development Program, Lagos State Government, and World Health Organization made it quite easy for her to morph her NGO, One Percent Project, into the startup we now know as LifeBank.
‘Our mission is to save a million lives across Africa in 10 years. We will do this by ensuring access to essential health care products to hospitals across the continent. We deliver these products faster, cheaper, and safer to save lives. For every pint of blood, oxygen canister, bag of platelets and plasma, and vial of vaccine we discover and deliver, that is a life saved’.
Committed to discovering and delivering essential medical products, LifeBank has been using data, smart logistics, and technology to save lives since its inception in 2016. Via its mobile app and dedicated team, LifeBank has successfully moved 11,377 units of blood to hospital and screening centers. It achieved this by connecting hospitals to blood banks and blood banks to donors.
While the logistic team ensures that blood is stored in a cool chain system and transported in Bluetooth-padlocked boxes that can only be opened by intended recipients, the bike dispatch riders ensure that safe blood is delivered with 45 minutes of request. Adapting a blockchain solution, LifeBank’s SmartBag ensure that patients and health care providers have access to information on its blood supply records. This guarantees transparency and integrity of its model.
Taking her fight against child mortality rate to a whole new level, Temie recently expanded LifeBank’s product suite with the launch of AirBank, an emergency medical oxygen delivery service. She believes that childhood pneumonia fatalities can be reduced by 35% via a better access to quick, most cost effective, and convenient means of getting oxygen cylinders.
Funding and Scaling
Thus far, Temie’s entrepreneurship journey has been marked by different stage beginning with validating her business ideas, securing funding, and even pitching her ideas to an international audience. Her milestones include incubating at Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in 2016; pitching at the Merck Accelerator Lagos Satellite Program; and emerging as one of the 33 winners of MIT’s Solve, an initiative that offers startups funding and access to a global network.
Not one to slow down on her campaign to save more people from disease, death, and destitution, Temie plans to expand LifeBank’s operation to cover Abuja and other African countries by the end of 2019. We do hope that she successfully replicates LifeBank’s existing model and keep saving lives.