- Year Selected: 2018
- Age at selection: 22
- Venture: INFIUSS
- Country: Cameroon
- Sector: Health
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Melissa is a nursing graduate and the founder of INFIUSS, an online blood bank and digital supply chain platform. Melissa founded INFIUSS after her experience working in a hospital and witnessing too many patient deaths as a result of hospitals failing to source compatible blood for life-saving transfusions
This led Melissa to spring into action and launched her online blood bank, INFIUSS. Through it, hospitals can request blood of a specific type and quantity, and INFIUSS sources the blood either from their own bank or partner hospitals, and delivers it to the patient within an hour.
Since launching 16 months ago, INFIUSS has distributed 3800 pints of blood across 28 hospitals in Yaounde. Melissa has also partnered with the Ministry of Health in Cameroon to offer the blood bank’s services to 908 other public hospitals within Cameroon.
Melissa’s passion is to curb deaths related to blood inavailability, which claim 1 in 6 Cameroonian lives every year. She hopes to expand her life-saving service to several other west African countries including Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria.
Melissa was named a 2018 Laureate of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards in honor of her work.