J BLOOD MATCH
In November 2019, J Blood Match was launched nationally at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja as an artificial intelligence that connects voluntary blood donors to recipients using their blood type and location. The solution is aimed at creating a community of non-remunerated blood donors who would donate to a fellow community member in times of need. So far, over 900 persons have registered on the platform and 100+ successful matches have been made. In February 2023, after 3+ years of pilot testing, the app version of the solution was launched once more at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. With this upgrade, the solution allows voluntary blood donors signed up on the platform to receive email notifications of blood donation requests, view their blood donation history, record their vitals with each donation exercise, receive achievement badges for each donation and much more. Click on the image below to visit J Blood Match website.
J BLOOOD MATCH ADVOCACY
To deepen and widen the reach of J Blood Match across the country, JDI began an advocacy programme in 2021 so that interested individuals could sign up to carry out a 3-month advocacy campaign. For the duration of the campaign, advocates serve as volunteer ambassadors of JBM. Their role is to use the resources available to them to raise awareness on voluntary blood donation and spread the word amongst their network on how JBM bridges the gaps in blood donor access while registering new donors on the platform. Typically, advocates undergo a two-day virtual training and earn a certificate of completion after the training. Topics of training include but are not limited to advocacy, strategies for advocacy, the blood donation process, Nigeria’s blood needs and how J Blood Match works. So far, JDI has trained 21 advocates.
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JDI held its first ever blood drive during the J Blood Match launch, in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service (now known as the National Blood Service Commission). Similarly, to mark World Blood Donor Day in 2021, JDI organised its second blood drive within its office, where willing members of the public came by to carry out their civic duty of donating blood.