Dr. Charles Akhimien , Nigeria
In early 2015, Charles founded OMOMI, an app that helps pregnant women and mothers access healthcare advice from their phones. OMOMI, which means 'my child' in Yoruba, empowers women with relevant child and maternal health information so they can make informed decisions about the health of their children and families. The app allows women and mothers to receive instant answers to pressing medical questions by professional doctors within minutes. OMOMI has attracted 32,000 users to date. As well as being widely used in Nigeria, the app has users in Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania, with plans to expand into other parts of Africa and subsequently the rest of the world. The app also features a community forum that allows users to support each other and share best practice. OMOMI is of crucial importance because up to 80% of users are estimated to have little or no access to healthcare facilities in their local area. OMOMI is part of MOBIcure, a company that uses technological solutions to solve pressing health issues in Nigeria. Having attended the One Young World 2017 Bogotá Summit and presented his story as a Delegate Speaker, Charles was approached by a range of organisations for potential partnership and collaboration opportunities.