There are eight different blood types and each one holds a unique power to save lives. We show donors how to give the most needed components of their blood by targeting how they donate.
Whole blood donation is what people are familiar with. This is the traditional way of donationg and allows us to draw a pint of blood containing red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma at one time.
When donating double red blood cells we only collect your red blood cells and not your platelets or plasma. This type of donation is done using a process called automation (sometimes referred to as apheresis).
Platelets hold a unique power to save lives. Cancer patients are a primary recipient of platelets due to the harsh effects of chemotherapy.
Plasma has the clotting factor that stops patients from bleeding. Trauma patients, burn patients and transplant patients are often the recipients of plasma.
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Our team consists of a variety of individuals and is continously growing as we carry on our work to save lives.
Bukola is the founder of Haima Health Initiative. She started it in August 2015 after noticing the chronic shortage of blood that plagues the health care sector in Nigeria. She started by working with her family and friends to donate to sickle cell patients, but demand kept growing and she decided to make the service available to all patients in need. Lack of blood causes needless trauma to patients, increasing expenses and sometimes death. She decided to work to create the largest online blood register in Nigeria to connect blood donors to all patients for free. Bukola is also a qualified lawyer and sickle cell advocate. Her work in this field has gained her the Commonwealth Queens Young Leaders Award 2017, Future Awards 2016, and the Rotary Club Young Volunteers Award
Dr Kanayo is a practicing physician with over 5 years experience in clinical medicine and emergency care. Having experienced increased loss of lives as a result of unavailability of blood when needed, Dr. Kanayo is an ardent advocate for blood donation and consistently promotes the use of blood as a lifeline when needed. He has a bachelors in medicine and surgery with distinction from Ebonyi state university, Abakaliki and he is a presently a member of the Nigeria medical association (NMA).
Nkechi is the founder of the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF), an NGO she established with a group of young persons determined to raise awareness on Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) and support those living with it. She currently works with the Commonwealth Youth Health Network (CYHN) in a bid to ensure improved youth involvement in health advocacy within commonwealth states. Nkechi is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and holds a masters in International Economic Law, (with Distinction). Nkechi is a Doctoral Candidate at Warwick University, where she also teaches Law and International Business Environment. She was presented the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and recognised as one of the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Achievers for her work on SCD.
Dr. Victor is a qualified medical doctor working with a Health Maintenance Organization and runs a Home Healthcare Agency. From his clinical experience, things take a dire turn when blood transfusions are required due to absence of blood in the hospital blood bank and scarcity of donors especially in emergencies. Dr. Victor always hoped for a system where blood can be accessed or sought for easily and is dedicated to the immediate growth of Haima to save lives.
Tobi is a finance graduate but joined Haima because he has personally experienced how importance blood is to saving lives in hospital; and the hardship that comes with finding donors in Nigeria. He works as a liaison between donors and health care providers or patients to ensure that the donors and blood arrive promptly and safely. He is passionate about volunteering and raising awareness on blood health. He co-ordinates all blood requests received over the phone and online and manages blood drives.
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