Enterprise Story of LifeBank Nigeria, by Temie-Giwa Tubosun
Meet Temie-Giwa Tubosun, a health entrepreneur, changing the blood transfusion system in Nigeria with her start-up LifeBank Nigeria a platform that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria.
A lot of experiences and challenges Temie (which is a short form of her first name Temitope) faced throughout the cause of her career led to her social enterprise from the shortage of blood at the hospital in Abuja after the bomb blast that resulted in casualties and her personal encounter with a pregnant woman which opened her eyes to how porous the health sector is and a problem to solve.
In 2016, Temie founded LifeBank a healthcare technology and logistics social enterprise that is solving the problem of blood shortage in the country, by getting donors and making blood available when its needed. With this she helps connect donors to donor hospitals closer to the, and hospitals with blood.
As at May 2018, it has been able to move 9,886 products, served 390 hospitals, attracted 5,584 donors and saved 1,688 lives. This it does by connecting donors through mobile infrastructure, and by delivering blood in less than 55 minutes, in a WHO Blood Transfusion Safety compliant cold chain, to hospitals.
She was named amongst BBC’s 100 women “to take notice of now (and) in the future” making a difference around the world and LifeBank was featured on CNN’s African start-ups.
Recently Mark Zuckerberg commended her on her efforts and initiative “if everyone had the opportunity to build something like LifeBank then the world would be a better place” and Temie’s advice to young entrepreneurs is too just do it.