Temie Giwa-Tubosun founder and CEO of LifeBank, a platform that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria to save lives. LifeBank mobilizes blood donations, take inventory of all blood available in the country, and deliver blood in the right condition to the point of need.
In 2014, her near-death experience delivering her son prompted her to design and pilot a life-saving blood delivery system. Temie harnessed the power of the GHC network by tapping into their expertise and support as she built out her idea and officially launched LifeBank, a company that helps get blood and other essential medical products to the most needed hospitals and clinics in Nigeria. Temie’s team can get blood to any hospital in its service area within 55 minutes, day or night, so doctors can focus on treating patients rather than on the logistics of locating blood. Because of her work, thousands of lives have been saved, including mothers who have been able to deliver their babies safely.
Temie harnessed and repurposed LifeBank’s resources to respond to the immediate needs of the pandemic this past year. Utilizing their delivery services, LifeBank launched HomeKits to bring COVID-19 PCR testing to the doorsteps of thousands of Nigerians and back to the labs, minimizing person-to-person contact while maximizing testing. In her words