Based in Nigeria, Medical Logistics startup- LifeBank will now offer drone delivery service
Temie Giwa-Tubosun, the CEO of LifeBank- a startup that deals with blood and oxygen delivery by connecting registered blood banks to hospitals and patients in need of urgent blood supplies– announced at the recently concluded ‘African Business Heroes’ event held in Accra, Ghana that LifeBank will start delivering blood through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones.
The company thereafter took to its Twitter page to officially announce that a maiden drone flight went active in Ethiopia.
Our announcement is…
— LifeBank (@LifeBankNigeria) November 16, 2019
Speaking about their drones going up in Ethiopia, Giwa-Tubosun informed that LifeBank’s drone delivery services will be tested and launched in other regions including Nigeria soon. In her words; “We have the results of the success, and we’re going to do the same in another country, perhaps Nigeria,” Tubosun told.
According to her, the decision to add drones to their mobility fleet was born out of the need to get blood to patients in places that are hard to reach. Also on that note, it was reported by Nigeria’s health ministry that the country needs up to 1.8 million units of blood every year, but the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) collects only about 66,000 units per year, leaving a deficit of more than 1.7million pints of blood, that whole is what LifeBanks aims to fill.
It is no surprise then that the Nigerian entrepreneur who is behind the idea, Temie Giwa-Tubosun, took home the top prize at the Jack Ma Foundation’s first annual prize for African businesses. She walked away with the top $250,000 cash prize from the $1 million available from the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI), started by Chinese investor Jack Ma.
Great things are obviously in store for the Tech and Innovation industry of Nigeria and Africa as a whole.