Lend an Arm
While in his fourth year of medical school, Tunde was caring for a woman in labour when she started to bleed out. Unable to find a matching blood type, the patient died, and it had a profound effect on Tunde. One month later, he created ‘Lend an Arm’, aiming to improve access to blood for pregnant women who experience a haemorrhage.
Where Tunde lives, in Ibadan, Nigeria, 19 women a day die from not receiving a blood transfusion in time. Through ‘Lend an Arm’, Tunde has urged more people to donate blood through awareness campaigns, improved the transportation of blood to where it is most needed and encouraged existing blood donors to become advocates for blood donation.
At 21, Tunde has grown his blood supply logistics initiative into one of the biggest donation campaigns in Nigeria, overcoming funding challenges, and the organisation has now reached over 11,000 people and supplied 1,240 litres of blood. Most importantly, Tunde’s efforts have saved 3,500 lives in 40 months.