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Meet the Nigerian Company That Reduces Child Delivery From 24 Hours To 45 Minutes With App

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July 16, 2020, 4:41 p.m.

Lifebank, a company in Nigeria, is an institute that delivers critical medical supplies round the clock to busy hospital teams across Africa using technology and a multi-modal distribution network.

The company uses an app created with Google Maps to map out locations involved in blood distribution across Lagos, from hospitals to blood banks to the dispatch riders.

The company also has a system that connects blood banks to hospitals via the Google Maps platform, reducing delivery time from 24 hours to less than 45 minutes.

This idea originated when the founder Temie Giwa-Tubosan had to give birth in the United States. At 30 weeks into her pregnancy, Temie was rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section. Fortunately, doctors were able to safely deliver her son, Enafie, on Valentine’s Day.

''If I had my son in Lagos, I may have died from postpartum haemorrhage,'' Temie indicated.

Per the research, Nigeria has the fourth highest maternal mortality in the world, accounting for 19% of all maternal deaths globally.

Realizing that loss of blood during pregnancy was the common cause of death during labor, the founder left for Nigeria determined to solve the problem.

To tackle this problem, the founder created and mapped an online blood repository in partnership with 52 blood banks across Lagos. Doctors can now request a blood type and immediately access a map that tracks the journey of the delivery.

With LifeBank’s model, blood is typically used within one week of being stored at a bank, and wastage is all but eliminated – and supply is finally meeting demand.

By connecting donors to critical resources, LifeBank has registered over 5,000 blood donors. When asked how she was able to mobilise so many volunteers, Temie put it simply: 'You may be surprised [by] the answer you get. It’s most likely not going to be no, particularly if you tell them why it’s so important.'

To date, LifeBank has moved over 22,000 units, served 400-plus hospitals, and saved more than 8,000 lives.

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