The AFPNC started from a personal experience. In April 2015,the Founder suffered a condition medically called Premature Rapture of Membrane (PROM) and as a result gave birth to premature baby boy weighing 1.4kg. He survived with less than 250ml of amniotic fluid with his chord wrapped around his neck twice. The entire journey of pregnancy, delivery and nursing the baby in and out of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital was traumatic and tough.
Shaped by her experience, she did extensive research into the issue of pre-term health in Ghana and Africa with the support of some Neonatal Health Professionals in Ghana. She then discovered the need to establish an institution with an authoritative capacity to be the voice of premature babies born in Africa and their families. In October 2015 she formed the African Foundation for Premature Babies and Neonatal Care in consultation with stakeholders. Its work has started from home country Ghana and is reaching out to Africa; one country at a time! Her son, King Luther, is a healthy boy now. He has become an inspiration and hope for many premature babies born in Africa and their families.
In the spirit of Pan-Africanism, a decision was reached to choose the name African Foundation for Premature Babies and Neonatal Care because it portrays the vision of the organisation to call on African countries to embrace the issue and take action.