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#BellaNaijaMCM: MOBicure’s Co-founder Charles Immanuel Akhimien is Using Mobile Health to Combat Maternal & Child Mortality in Rural Communities

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While Dr. Charles Immanuel Akhimien was undergoing his residency program in medical school, a 29-year old first time mother was brought to the hospital with her infant looking pale. The child had been stooling and vomiting and the mother was managing the situation for days, partly because she thought it was nothing serious, and partly because she could not afford a hospital.

When the symptoms persisted, the child was brought to the hospital, but unfortunately, it was too late. The child died hours after he was admitted.

Every day, thousands of women and children die as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood diseases that would have been averted if mothers are armed with access to relevant information no matter where they are.

The University of Benin graduate discussed with his friend and classmate at the time, Dr. Emmanuel Owobu and they started making plans to set up a mobile health (mHealth) company that will address Nigeria’s most pressing health issues, particularly regarding maternal and child health.

While representing Nigeria at the Global Startup Youth 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Charles met Raman Anurag, an Indian young software engineer. They talked about Charles and Emmanuel’s mHealth project and he decided to join the team.

The three of them founded MOBicure in 2015.

MOBicure is a social enterprise startup, creating solutions that make use of mobile technology devices and tools such as phones, tablets, SMS, apps, Interactive Voice Recordings (IVRs) and videos to solve some of the most pressing health issues plaguing developing countries including: poor immunization coverage, high maternal and child mortality and poor health access.

Omomi (Meaning “My Child”) is MOBicure’s flagship product is a health and social platform that enables mothers easily monitor their children’s health, as well as provides access to specific and life-saving maternal and child health information plus medical expertise, all at the touch of a button.

These services are provided through the web, an app, and an SMS service.

Omomi currently has 9 doctors and over 16,000 mothers on its platform.

‎Charles won the prestigious World Environment Day blogging competition for 2013 organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)‎ and thus represented the UN in Mongolia in June 2013.

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.

Charles is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, a highly commended runner-up of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

In addition, he is an Alumnus of the Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship and the Global Startup Youth (GSY).

Charles was one of three finalists in the Chivas Regal’s The Venture competition in Nigeria in 2016.

He was just recently recognised as one of the Commonwealth Youth Awards finalists for 2017.

28 Comments

  1. Obi

    March 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Wow. What a man! Well done.

  2. MCbrytest

    March 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    wow….. Dr. Charles, well done sir! am proud to be associated with you man

  3. Anon

    March 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Fantastic initiative. Very well done.

  4. kachi

    March 27, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    That’s my boss!!!! BN let me tell you more about him…Asides the awards, he has a very good heart.Always ready to mentor anyone who needs his help..the ways he tells us at the office that there is more to life than working for him..he is not stingy with ideas..He tells us of a lot of opportunities out there.. HE IS INDEED A CHANGE AGENT…WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH SIR!!!…MAY GOD BLESS YOU MORE…CHUKWUM GOZIE GI…

  5. Ibik Precious

    March 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    That’s our doctor! Every expectant mother and mother should have the Omomi app. Very necessary.

    • Dr Charles Akhimien

      March 28, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Yes they should, and we wont stop until they all do!

  6. Viv Law

    March 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Thank God for people like you Charles.
    God bless you for taking on this project to save lives.
    You are awesome!

  7. Joie_ful

    March 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Congrats Great Man!

  8. AAsh

    March 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Good job Dr. Charles!

  9. Deborah

    March 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Great!! More achievements.

  10. Annie

    March 29, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Oh Wow! Great stuff! Well done!
    I crushed on you sha… small… *covers face*
    But hey! Keep up the good work! Greater heights!

    • Dr Charles Akhimien

      March 29, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Hahahaha…. Thanks alot o… Thanks for the kind words

  11. Ifeyinwa

    March 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Well done Charles. Doing Uniben and Nigeria proud. Really, keep up the good work.

  12. adelegirl

    March 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    First I’ve heard of this app. Such an great idea. Definitely downloading this app. Always inspirational to see young people doing great things.

    • Dr Charles Akhimien

      March 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks @adelegirl. We shall be looking forward to having you on board. And please when you do download and check it out, do let us know what you think and send us a review if you can to: [email protected]
      Thanks again!

  13. Puddy

    April 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Dr Charles, well done…d grace that enabled u transform ur ideas/dream (from the desire to see needs met) into action…more of u to come…well done sir

  14. Ify

    May 15, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    That is a wholelot of achievement, congrats Doctor, its really important for us to assist our community in any little way. I admire your courage and boldness in addressing this pressing issue in the society. Even still some women don’t even still have the money for proper medical care for their children.

    • Charles Akhimien

      September 19, 2017 at 7:06 am

      You are right Ify. We will keep doing our best to make their lives better. Thanks

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