New App Aims to Make It Easier To Access Blood Donors In Nigeria [EVENT]

9HbHr2RmbCC287zAccess 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.

Those of you who can’t attend can follow the event with #Hack4Health on Twitter. Everyone interested in technology or health is invited to attend unveiling of the app tomorrow.

Blood from 100% voluntary donors — people who donate blood for free — can save thousands. But Nigerians hardly donate blood voluntarily. One pint of blood donated can save three lives.

The event is sponsored and supported by CcHub, Audax Solutions, and Hellofood.

The public presentation of LifeBank is tomorrow, June 16 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Audax Solutions Plot 24, Block 113, Adebisi Ogunniyi Crescent Lekki Phase 1, Lekki.

Faridah Demola-Seriki

Faridah Seriki has been interested in technology since she got her hands on a desktop when she was eight. She founded Technesstivity after releasing a successful blog she made for class combining her passion for both journalism and technology. Faridah graduated from Vivian Fowler in 2009 and lives in New York where she graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism

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