We are so excited to tell you about a group of superheroes storming Lagos on the 13th of February 2016 for LoveDrive.
Every year, thousands of cancer patients, accident victims, pregnant women, children under the age of five, patients suffering from sickle cell anemia, and surgery patients all die in Nigerian hospitals because of shortage of blood. The problem is so vast that about 26,000 pregnant women die each year because of shortage of blood and an estimate of 24,000 children under the age of 5.
If you think this is scary, check out the next one. In Nigeria, an estimated 1.7 million units of blood (from 10% of our population) is needed annually to prevent untimely and avoidable deaths through blood-related medical cases but the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) recorded a very low figure of 48,908 units for 2014.
But there is more. In Lagos alone, 185,000 pints of blood are needed annually but only 80,000 pints are collected. Most of these are by blood touts, which mostly, are bad for use. This huge shortage leads to 25% of maternal mortality and countless deaths of children under the age of 5.
Clearly this is NOT a sexy subject. There is no spinning it, blood is a scarce resource and the BEST blood is one from voluntary non-remunerated donors. However, these group of superheroes are trying to make this easier for those who want to do something about this problem.
LifeBank is creating a movement of 1 million young Nigerians that are committed to saving lives through voluntary blood donation.
LifeBank is done talking about the problem, they will simply fix it but they will need your help.
You can join the movement and get involved by coming to LoveDrive. It is a fun, and tremendously cool event where people come to donate blood, eat good food, hang out with awesome celebrities and save 3 lives each. Plus there is a free medical checkup for all of our donors.
Date: 13th February 2016
Venue: 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos
Time: 10am – 5pm
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