September 10, 2021, St. Louis, USA — For being a driven healthcare leader with the goal of making African mothers safe, Temie Giwa-Tubosun of Nigeria has been selected as a 2021 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Honoree in the category of Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishments.
In 2009 she interned for the Department for International Development (DFID) in Abuja, Nigeria. During the internship, Temie encountered a mother whose protracted childbirth labor sparked an interest in maternal mortality among Nigerians. In January of 2010, she completed a fellowship at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva and later graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. After her studies, she moved to Uganda to do humanitarian work with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Her time at DFID, WHO, and the UNDP convinced Temie of the need to take action to prevent childbirth mortality among women on her continent and led to the foundation of LifeBank, a social enterprise that is saving thousands of lives across Africa.
Temie moved back to Nigeria permanently and in May 2012, she founded the non-governmental organisation “One Percent Blood Donation Enlightenment Foundation” or the One Percent Project. Her mission was to end blood shortages by educating people on the importance of donation and dispelling myths, prejudice and fears surrounding the topic in Africa. She also helped to establish an efficient distribution network of blood banks in Nigeria.
In February of 2014, while giving birth, Temie suffered a Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH). Although the incident caused several complications, Temie received treatment and made a full recovery. Her own life-threatening experience pushed her further into her work of seeking health solutions to Nigeria’s mother mortality problem. She discovered that in addition to complications like PPH, many maternal mortalities are due to preventable causes such as a lack of oxygen or limited blood supply.
Temie developed a business plan to increase resources and reduce preventable deaths. She assembled a team of young men and women to start LifeBank, a social enterprise focusing on saving lives through quick delivery of blood to patients in dire need. Since launching, LifeBank, working with over 1,000 hospitals and healthcare facilities, has successfully helped save over 19,500 lives simply through the adequate distribution of vital medical supplies such as blood, oxygen, and vaccines in Nigeria and Kenya.
LifeBank’s ambitious mission is to save a million lives across Africa in 10 years and to eventually expand to underdeveloped hospitals in India, Southeast Asia and South America to deliver critical supplies around the clock.
About JCI TOYP: JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and have extraordinary accomplishments regarding individual development, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young leaders create beneficial solutions on a local and global level.
The ten honorees will be recognized at the 2021 JCI Awards Ceremony at the 2021 JCI World Congress in November.
About JCI: JCI, a global leadership organization, provides personal and professional development opportunities to young leaders age 18 to 40. Through its international network of around 110 countries, JCI unites all sectors of society and empowers the leaders of tomorrow to turn challenges into opportunities today. For more information, visit juniorchamber.international.