Dr. Cherif Rahimy is professor of paediatrics and medical genetics at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Cotonou, Benin. He is also the professions of pediatrics in the Mother and Child department, Health Sciences Faculty, University of Abomey-Calavi.
Dr. Rahimy is the coordinator of the neonatal screening for sickle cell disease and comprehensive clinical care program and the director of the National Sickle Cell Disease Center.
He received his medical degree at Faculté des Sciences de la Santé and his specialty training in pediatrics, hematology and immunology was at Universite Rene Descartes, Paris, France.
Dr. Rahimy gained experience in the clinical management of all aspects of pediatric hematology and immunology and bone marrow transplantation (pioneer in cord blood transplantation) and pediatrics HIV infection and malaria infection.
He held the position of secretary general of the Union of National African Pediatric Socieites and Associations (UNAPSA) from 1999-2002. Then in 2002 he was elected president and held that position until 2005.
In 2001 he was made member of the Standing Committee of the International Pediatrics Association (IPA) and in 2004 he was appointed member of the Executive Comittee of the International Pediatrics Association (IPA).
In 2009 Dr. Rahimy set up the first South-South and North-South interacting Sickle Cell Disease Network to advance patient care through global research.