The Disrupters
The Disrupters
BBC Radio 4
Temie Giwa-Tubosun, founder of LifeBank
27 minutes Posted Feb 19, 2020 at 4:55 pm.
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At thirty weeks into her pregnancy, Temie Giwa-Tubsoun was in America when she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section. Had she been in Nigeria, difficulties locating and distributing blood supplies meant she may have died from postpartum haemorrhage. Nigeria has the fourth-highest maternal mortality rate in the world and the loss of blood following a birth is the leading cause of this.
In response to the lack of infrastructure and poor distribution networks, Temie founded LifeBank, a business enterprise working to improve access to blood transfusions in Nigeria, which has today saved over 6,936 lives.
She talks to Kamal and Rohan about how she built her company, and why she thought a business rather than working through non-governmental-organisations or government, was the best way to bring about the change she wanted.
Presenters: Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva
Producer: Georgia Catt