PROLASA Promoter -- Désiré Murhima, MSc
While working as a nurse Désiré saw the struggles of so many in his country. For this reason he decided to create PROLASA, a non-profit development organization. Since PROLASA was created, roughly 30 years ago, Désiré has functioned as the PROJECT Administrator. Full of ideas and energy, Désiré is always striving to enhance PROLASA and the services which the organization has to offer. A native of Idjwi, he is motivated to see his island home develop in a sustainable way.
Having done his post-graduate studies in Montréal, Québec, Désiré has also had the opportunity to experience Western society and culture. He says that this was a valuable experience for him and it has enabled him to understand and work extremely well with North American and European partners.
Project Director -- Dr Barry Wecker, MD MPH DTM&H
Dr. Barry is an MD working in New Brunswick who spent 7 years working and living in Africa. Barry has extensive experience with consultations and patient management in a tropical setting and attended the Gorgas Tropical Medicine program for his Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Health. Barry works extensively with designing and implementing projects in Congo from Canada and also visits the projects in DRCongo regularly to work “hands on”.
Dr Barry has just been asked to also serve as the Rector of the Univesity of Idjwi -- UNILAI -- and he will begin in this role as of 2016 September 1.
Director of the Medical Department -- Dr Jonathan Odinga MD
Dr Odinga has been working with PROLASA since he graduated from medical school. He has worked as the medical director of the PROLASA Medical Centre in Goma but he is now serving as the director of the Medical Department of PROLASA.
We are very appreciative of Dr. Odinga's contribution to PROLASA's Medical Department.
Director of the Education Department -- Guillaume Tumufuate
Guillaume is the Academic Secretary of the University of Idjwi (UNILAI) and he is also the Director of the PROLASA Department of Education. We are glad to have him as part of our team.
Director of the Development Department -- Gratien Hamuli
Gratien is a man with many talents and he has served PROLASA in a variety of ways. He is currently serving in the capacity of the Director of the Development Department.