Dr. Imodoye Abioro
Project Lend an Arm is a health information awareness campaign and youth-focused blood drive. It is a social venture that seeks to use technology and the zest of youth to spread health information that tackles two perennial health problems in Nigeria. These problems are the chronic and persistent insufficiency of blood and blood products that are able to meet emergency healthcare needs and poor outcomes for patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Project Lend an Arm is an online and mobile based solution that will provide up-to-date, expert-authored, health information to all users, written in local language. It also connects voluntary blood donors to blood banks and hospitals within a community. Both platforms allowing for direct communication between these three critical partners in cases of emergency. The solution will be launched after an intensive health awareness campaign and serial blood drive. The project is currently working to build up an online community of highly motivated voluntary blood donors who will form a stable supply chain of blood products for meeting emergency healthcare needs, also hoping to be the go-to source for patients with NCDs seeking easy-to-understand information about their health condition. For the blood donation, the voluntary donors on the platform are trained and double as educators to help debunk misconceptions about blood donations and transfusions in their communities of origin.