By Mustapha E Dumbuya
Orange Sierra Leone has on Wednesday 8 March, 2023 joined other key partners to launch the Life Blood App at the PCM Hospital Fourah Bay Road in Freetown.
The App was invented by Jseph D. Koroma, a Sierra Leonean Innovator who won the 12th Edition of the orange social venture price 2022 held during the first World Mobile Congress (WMC) IN Kigali, Rwanda, for an innovative project known as Life Blood-Sierra Leone.
The essence of creating this App was to help an easy access of predicting, building a good road map on the aim to communicate between the demand and the donor side in a digital system as well as making work easy.
During the event, Annie Wonnie Katta, the Deputy Chief Commercial Officer (B2B) Orange SL Ltd, said that Orange Sierra Leone believes in innovation and empowerment.
According to Madam Katta, the Orange Social Venture price, was launched by her company in 2011 as a way to reward local entrepreneurs annually.
She explained that the Orange Social Venture had been brought together different Africa countries and asked them to bring an innovative idea that could be able to solve societal problem in their country.
“In 2022, Joseph was able to raise the country’s flag as the first Sierra Leonean winner who received an international award at the Orange social venture in Kigali, Rwanda”, she said.
She thanked the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and all other partners for helping to save life and improve the health system in Sierra Leone.
The Deputy chief Mediacal Officer, Dr. Mustaph Kabba, at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation explained the Life Blood App was created to assist and access in order to make work more easily.
Dr. Kabba stated that it is the first time in the history of Sierra Leone using a digitalized system for the hospitals to able to record, access and store all blood samples.
He continued that the Ministry is happy and ready to support the initiative as it would help to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Sierra Leone.
Jseph D. Koroma, a Sierra Leonean Innovator who evented the Life Blood App, explained that it has been a rough journey for him but that members who are around him including Orange SL for giving him the opportunity.
Before this time, they were able to map out implementation plans and strategies and also trained several lab technicians on data gathering.
He explained that Life Blood has 4 facilities; PCMH, Connaught, Rokuper and 34 Military hospital and with these facilities, whatever blood they might save there will totally become a national product.
Mr Koroma applauded partners especially Orange Sierra Leone for giving him the opportunity and through the Life Blood App they were now able to registere over 5000 units.