A YOUNG NIGERIAN GIRL IS BRIDGING THE BLOOD DEMAND GAP IN NIGERIA USING THE INTERNET AS A TOOL.
Bukola Bolarinwa Bukky is bridging the widening blood supply gap in the country through her online platform, Haima Health Initiative. She recruits voluntary donors through the platform. Leveraging on social media and the internet, more and more donors are being reached and adopted into the initiative. So far the Haima Health Initiative has recruited about 570 donors into the initiative's blood donation data base. All donors have been screened and are available for donations when needed. According to their official website the initiative aims at increasing its database through developing user friendly mobile applications for blood donations with GPS technology incorporated thereby tackling the challenge of urgency in supply.
While the demand for blood grows in Nigeria, national blood supplies are getting overburdened and are mostly not sufficient to meet the urgent requirements in the country. Effective strategies for blood safety and availability are hardly in place making the demand and supply process tougher. A great percentage of maternal deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in Sub-Saharan Africa has excessive bleeding as the leading cause. Blood which plays a strong role in major medical procedures from Children fighting for their lives against severe malaria to sickle cell patients in crisis or some other condition leading to life threatening anaemia; Surgical patients mostly need blood to ensure they survive a life-saving procedure and most times local blood supplies are never enough.
Haima Health Initiative is using the internet and social media as a tool in giving solution to this problem through online awareness and occasional blood drive.
Following the impact she’s making she was selected for the2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, an award which recognises and celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives.