What problem are you trying to solve?
According to the World Health organisation, over 570.000 people die from blood shortages and blood-related complications in Africa with countries in the Sub- Saharan region being the most affected. In Cameroon, 72% of health care facilities do not have blood banks. 1 in 6 patients in need of blood transfusions dies due to the lack or the unavailability of blood. 60% of this number comprises of pregnant women suffering from complications such as post-partum haemorrhage, abortions and miscarriages and children under the age of 5 suffering from anaemia.
In Cameroon, its a lot more shocking as not only are patients uninformed on where to find blood but after going through the stress of actually locating a hospital, the patient has to bring in 3 replacement donors and paying over $80 for one blood bag(unit) depending on the hospital’s policies. As a nurse, I came to understand first hand the challenges these patients faced and the need for a solution.
What is your solution to this problem?
Infiuss is an online blood bank and emergency digital supply platform that provides hospitals and patients quick access to blood. We have created a database with information on hospital blood banks which permits us to easily find and transport the required blood once there’s a patient or another hospital in need. We also run an in-house blood bank to compensate when there are shortages in partnered hospitals. To access our services, patients send an SMS or a phone call or use our mobile application requesting a particular blood type and the quantity. We source this blood from our blood bank or partnered hospitals and deliver the blood to them directly in their hospital beds. We also carry out digital blood drives, by digitally recruiting and following up blood donors who donate blood only for the purposes of replacing for family and friends. Through this program, donors benefit from micro health insurance which gives them access to free primary health are series at our clinics.
What is your latest update on your innovation?
Since launching this service 16 months ago we have transported over 4000 bags of blood across 35 hospitals in 3 regions in Cameroon. We have also been able to sell over 350 blood pints from our in-house blood bank. We are into a partnership with the Cameroon Ministry of public health to facilitate our expansion into 908 public hospitals in Cameroon. This is going to help us double our outreach within the next 8-12 months and quadruple it in the next year.
Our business models include. B2C: We sell blood bags to patients for $20 fee and $5 transportation fee. B2B: We license our blood sourcing platform so hospitals can get available blood from other hospitals at $1000 per year, and work with development organisations to implement this project in different regions as well as running ads on our blood donor app. These have generated over $58k in annual revenue,