What problem are you trying to solve?
According to WHO, over 570.000 people die from blood shortages and blood-related complications in Africa with 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 not only are patients uninformed on the various hospitals in which they can find blood but after going through the stress of actually locating a hospital, the patient has to bring in 2-3 replacement donors and pay an expensive fee of $60 for one blood bag(unit) depending on the hospitals policies. We are therefore trying to solve the problem of blood availability and accessibility in Cameroon.
What is your solution to this problem?
We have created a digital 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. To access our services, patients staff can either use our mobile app, phone call or SMS requesting a particular blood type and the quantity. We source this blood from our database and use motorcycles which are the fastest means of transportation in Cameroon to deliver it to them.
What is your latest update on your innovation?
We are currently Completing our pilot phase and are ready to begin expansion into various Public and private healthcare facilities around the country. We are also working on organizing various blood drives and sensitization programs in 2 regions in Cameroon. We also just recently launched our mobile app on Andriod that permits smartphone users to directly make an order form their mobile phones using the mobile app.