Haima Health Initiative

Est. 2016

Meet the team

At Haima Health Initiative, we are a team of dedicated volunteers from across Nigeria. Our team is continually growing as we expand our impact to ensure that we curb the chronic blood shortage in Nigeria.

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Not just a team

We're a Family.

We are a community of people who feel a sense of value and belonging. We are dedicated to working together as a team to help patients get timely supply of needed blood for their medical procedure.

FOUNDER

Bukola Bolarinwa

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

nkechi azinge-egbiri

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) and a PhD in Law. 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. Kanayo Nwankwo

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)

Dr. Victor Oyoyo

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.

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Tobi Olusesi

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.

Nurudeen Mohammed

Nurudeen is a trained Anatomist and currently a Research Fellow at Kwara State University, Malete, Kwara State. His interest is in the Genetic basis of certain blood disorders (i.e Sickle Cell Disorder and Leukaemia), their regional variations, complications and curative options. He’s a known HbSC patient whose relatively good health has inspired him to join the team in mobilizing the connection of voluntary blood donors with HbSS patients and other individuals requiring blood transfusion to save their lives

Ikechukwu Oleka

Ikechukwu is a digital marketing professional and a sport scientist, whose passion and enthusiasm for the world of multimedia join a friend’s start up media firm, Davone Media Communications, as a Videographer and photographer. His passion for advocacy as a sickle cell patient made him join Haima Health to help reduce the problem of getting blood when needed urgently. He has been actively involved in linking voluntary donors with patients and advocating on the importance and benefits of becoming a regular blood donor, using the various social media platforms and the online blood donors register. 

Ifeyinwa Chinke

Ifeyinwa is an IT Analyst for a software consulting firm in Abuja, she’s a serial blood donor. She’s an advocate for sickle cell awareness and blood donation. She has been actively involved in linking voluntary donors with patients and advocating on the importance and benefits of becoming a regular blood donor, using the various social media platforms and the online blood donors register. 

Join us in our quest to curb
the chronic blood shortage in Nigeria.

Sign up to become a voluntary blood donor today and
join us in making Nigeria a healthier place, a pint at a time.