Sierra Leonean Bags Orange Award in Kigali


A Sierra Leonean entrepreneur, Joseph David Koroma, has won the 12th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East.

The €25,000 cash prize was presented to Mr. Koroma at the Kigali Convention Center.

The Orange Social Venture in Africa and the Middle East is a path to accelerating start-ups and making a positive impact in Africa and the Middle East. It is also, an undeniable catalyst for progress to help business propositions meet current and future social and environmental needs.

Private sectors in Sierra Leone are complementing the vision of the President Dr. Julius Maada Bio, to improve the human resource base of the nation.

Mr. Koroma is among the few selected out of thousands of applicants who submitted their project’s idea to the organisers.

The name of his project is LifeBlood; a digital health platform designed to help address the problem of acute blood product shortages in the country’s health care delivery system.

The system is designed to, among other things, increase public awareness of safe blood services. The project intends to increase the level of voluntary blood donation among the population, and to improve the efficiency of the blood service facilities and the national blood safety service.

“In my country, mortality rate is high and the main factor is the limited availability of blood banks. So my project intends to address this problem in my country. I’m looking forward to more support to expand my project and help my country and Africa as a whole,” he elucidated.


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