Ssanyu was born in Luweero district and trained at Mengo School of Nursing and Midwifery. She was also trained in counselling with Uganda Youth Empowerment Scheme.
Ssanyu has worked at Shanti since the Birth House opened in 2010, when she and a friend heard an advertisement on the radio and applied for staff positions. She is the mother of the first baby born to staff at Shanti, her daughter Honey. She became a midwife because of an experience she went through when she was still in school; while assisting a young pregnant friend during her birth, her friend was treated harshly and with very little respect. Throughout the whole ordeal, she thought to herself how unnecessary it was. She decided to do something about it and became a midwife!
Now Head Midwife, Ssanyu has grown into a role model for all staff members and is always ready to offer any kind of support.