New App Aims to Ease Access to Voluntary Blood Donors in Nigeria


Farida Demola-Seriki, writing on the Technesstivity Blog:

Access to safe blood is undeniably an issue in Nigeria, and a new app called LifeBank intends to make it easier for people to donate and receive blood in Nigeria. They’ve decided to build the app in three days with a hackathon backed by One Percent Project that kicked off on World Blood Donor Day yesterday. After the hackathon, the app will officially launch tomorrow.

“Access to safe blood in Nigeria needs urgent attention” said hackathon coordinator, Oo Nwoye, “We are using web and mobile technology to facilitate this, while raising societal awareness of the benefits of donating,” In Lagos, we only collect 54% of the blood needed, and only 10% is from volunteer blood donors.

“In Nigeria, we are currently faced with a situation, whereby 60 percent of all blood donations are from commercial donors, 30 percent from family replacement and only 10 per cent are from voluntary donors,”

said Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu.

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