PROSAMI is an acronym derived from the French PROmotion de la Sante Maternelle et Infantile, which stands for Promotion of Maternal and Infant Health. It is an initiative that started in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The idea was inspired by a tragic life-changing event in the life of PROSAMI founder, Agnes Kanyanya. Her mother died at the age of 44 while giving birth to her baby sister, who spent her first few years in an orphanage together with several other babies who shared the same plight, having also lost their mothers to childbirth complications. Ms. Agnes later removed her little sister from the orphanage and raised her as her own child. Profoundly affected by that event and realizing the extent of the issue, she was determined to find a solution to reduce the alarmingly high rates of maternal and infant mortality in the DR Congo in order to spare other families from such devastating event. Later on, others joined PROSAMI's cause as the video below will further explain.
Mrs. Agnes Kalonji Kanyanya spoke about maternal and child mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the challenges facing midwives in saving lives, the introduction of telemedicine, with the support of the University of Virginia, to reach the extremities of the republic finally increase the knowledge of midwives, she also calls on the national authorities to interfere in the cause for the well being of our population.
A team from the United States Of America (USA) lead by David Strider was presented to the local authority from the Kasai Oriental Province
6 delegates from PROSAMI lead by David Strider attended the 2nd world congress on midwifery and neonatal nursing held on the 28 - 30 August 2017 in Philadelphia,USA.
A group of women just left their families and children and everything they know behind in the Democratic Republic Of Congo to come to Charlottesville to learn how to save lives. Then they will go back home to the Congo and begin doing just that, as midwives. It's the work of a non-profit here in Charlottesville called PROSAMI. Agnes Kanyanya began the program in part because she lost her own mother. ...Read more