Radiant Health Woman of Action: Temie Giwa-TubosunBy Osayi Endolyn
Published: December 16, 2014
There is a place where public health and technology meet that can save lives. Temie Giwa-Tubosun found that place with the One Percent Project, a platform she launched in 2012 that drives voluntary blood donation in Nigeria, particularly in times of need.
One Percent started when Giwa-Tubosun (recently named one of BBC’s Top 100 Women of 2014) learned that 25 percent of maternal mortality and 40 percent of child mortality was due to a lack of blood in Nigeria’s hospitals. “The fascinating thing was that we only need one percent of Nigerians to give blood to save those lives,” Giwa-Tubosun says. This was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.
The organization has implemented blood drives at multiple universities in Nigeria, their website provides a map to approved blood donation centers throughout the country, and they’ve even introduced a blood donor database where Nigerians can begin the process of becoming donors. Giwa-Tubosun says donations are tested and stored by the National Blood Transfusion Service and distributed throughout Nigeria.
“All Nigerians deserve access to the best health care in the world,” Giwa-Tubosun says, especially the country’s most vulnerable. “Women and children deserve not to die a preventable death.”
The challenges in running a blood donation non-profit are not always easy to overcome—consistent funding, hiring credible staff, and navigating some of Nigeria’s operational bottlenecks can be difficult, Giwa-Tubosun says. But remembering the end goal re-energizes her. “I want to spend my life creating a better health system for Africa’s mothers and children.”
Learn more at: www.foronepercent.org
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