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Meet Temie Giwa-Tibosun, Nigerian Entrepreneur Saving Lives With Her Enterprise LifeBank

The Nigerian healthcare system is derelict. The equipment needed for the provision of health services are usually unavailable. In places where they are available, they are usually not enough, not in a good state or substandard. It is this void that Temie Giwa-Tubosun seeks to fill with her brainchild LifeBank.

Created in 2015, LifeBank is a platform that supplies Nigerian health centres with blood. It seeks to ensure blood, in the right quantity and the right type, promptly get to those who are in need of it. This is achieved through technology, collaborations with blood banks, hospitals and blood donors. 

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Temie has made it a mission to make this service available to as much people as she can, as she looks to expand her services to the northern part of the country.

The 32-year-old entrepreneur, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, like many others, camechimehafterchere education to contribute her quota to the develooment of the nation. She did not immediately know how till her time working with a NGO brought to her attention the blood deficit in Nigerian hospitals, especially the ones in rural areas. Childbirth, accidents and other situations are poorly managed due to lack of blood.

To curb these, LifeBank has been educating hospitals on the sources of blood, oxygen and vaccines. In addition, bearing in mind the state of Nigerian roads and the unpredictability of Lagos traffic, the business cars and motor bikes so it can ensure delivery within the hour.

With over 40 blood banks, LifeBank has in three years successfully delivered over 2000 pints of blood.

Temie has always been an achiever. In 2014, she was listed as one of the BBC 100 Women, described in the selection as someone “to take notice of now [and] in the future”, making a difference around the world by the BBC. In 2016, Temie was invited to give a talk at the London-based TEDxEuston Salon event. Her talk was titled “Healthcare is a Right”.

In March 2017, she was named as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria for 2017.

We are proud of the woman she is and the succour she is bringing.

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