Dr Charles Immanuel Akhimien is a medical doctor who co-founded MOBicure, a social enterprise he co-founded in January 2015.
MOBicure is mobile health (mhealth) company that provides mobile technology solutions in healthcare to help solve some of the most pressing health issues plaguing Nigeria and other developing countries, providing mobile technology solutions in healthcare for Nigeria.
MOBicure’s flagship product, the multi-award winning OMOMI mobile platform is providing over 39,000 women with life-saving maternal and child health information.
With the success of OMOMI,MOBicure launched its second product MyPaddi App.
MyPaddi is an app that provides young people with anonymous access to accurate sexual and reproductive health information, while connecting them to health professionals in real-time.
MyPaddi was created out of a need to provide young people in Nigeria with a veritable source of sexual and reproductive health information that is devoid of any culutal and religious bias.
Users can register on the app using pseudonyms. They can also directly message health professionals within the app and get specific answers concerning their sexual and reproductive health.
The app has created a community where thousands of young people can interact and getting information on key sexualhealth issues such as contraveptive use, HIV/STDs prevention and even sexual abuse.
Charles was inspired to create MyPaddi app when he realized that the 21st century young person is learning about sex from pornography. Especially young persons from Africa who do not get proper sex education in the home or even the formal school system.
Charles is a Johnson & Johnson One Young World Scholar, a 2017 Commonwealth Youth Award finalist, a grant awardee of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) as well as a Highly-commended runner-up of the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Furthermore, he is also an Alumnus of the Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship, as well as the Global Startup Youth (GSY).
In November 2014, he got an honourable mention in Healthcare for the OMOMI app in the Tech-I 2014 competition, organised by the U.S State Department and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Marrakech, Morocco.
He was the winner of the 2013 World Environment Day Blogging competition organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and he subsequently represented UNEP in Mongolia as the official blogger for the 2013 World Environment Day.
Charles graduated from the University of Benin in June 2013 where he earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree and qualified as a medical doctor. He also has a certificate from the Lagos Business School, having successfully completed the Health Innovation Development and Accelerator Programme in April 2017.