When you live in a country where policies, including health, are as whimsical as the weather, you take help from wherever you can get it.
Last year, Temie Giwa-Tubosun, officially launched LifeBank, the health startup that provides hospitals with the blood and blood products they need.
LifeBank makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria to save lives by mobilizing blood donations, taking inventory of all blood available in the country, and delivering blood in the right condition to the point of need.
Two days ago, founder and real life superhero, Temie, published a report card on how the company fared in 2016, a year she described as "an incredible year of tough lessons for our young team".
The post revealed that in about 9 months of operations, the young company had moved 1,968 pints of blood and blood products to 65 hospitals around Lagos (including the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Reddington Hospital), built a blood discovery and delivery app for hospitals, helped over 300 Nigerians give blood through a huge blood drive, saved up to 900 lives in the process...
AND met Mark Zuckerberg.
In the report card, she shared:
"I started this work because of a simple conviction, that Africans deserve access to good health care. I believe that health care is both a fundamental basic need and that it is an inalienable human right."
LifeBank plans to do more for patients, blood banks, and hospitals i 2017, using the important insight that they have gained so far, about the market, customers and operations.
"Over the next 2 years, we will move 100,000 products to 2,000 hospitals and save 100,000 lives. We are also building a movement of a million Nigerians ready and willing to give blood to save lives."
And shortly after the post was published, Temie shared that the startup had crossed the 2,000 pint milestone.
Just went above 2,000 pints. Whoosh! #LifeBank— Temie Giwa-Tubosun (@temite) January 25, 2017
Temie and her team plan to use technology, smart logistics, and big data to deliver a seamless health supply chain system for health care workers across Africa.