NEO FOR NAMIBIA - Helping Babies Survive is a non-profit organization based in Switzerland that focuses on the implementation of simple medical interventions that are known to improve survival rates of newborn infants.

While high income countries have reached unprecedented levels of care for sick term and preterm newborn infants, progress in most low income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, has been slow. In fact, the quality of neonatal care is comparable to the situation in high income countries more than 50 years ago.

The founders of NEO FOR NAMIBIA are convinced that simple and robust equipment is urgently needed in low income countries. Training of local physicians and nurses will be key to sustainable improvements. Initially, our efforts focussed on the Rundu State Hospital in the Kavango region in the north of Namibia. Now, successful interventions are implemented in other hospitals in Namibia (Onandjokwe, Katima).


Most recent mission

Our second mission in 2021 took us to again to Rundu and Katima in the north of the country. Our team is growing: Prof. Thomas M. Berger and his wife Sabine Berger were acompanied by Sarah Knoll and Salome Waldvogel (neonatology fellows from the University Children's Hospital in Basel, Switzerland), as well as Katharina Mäder (neonatology nurse). With the following movie we would like to give you an impression of our 12th mission, which began on July 9, and lasted until August 21, 2021.


New Mission Report

Our 12th mission lasted from July 9 to August 8, 2021. The main mission goals were to introduce new team members to neonatal care in a resource-limited setting, to better understand the Covid-19-related challenges, to evaluate the sustainability of our efforts at Rundu State Hospital, and to continue our work at Katima Hospital. 

Mission Report 2021-2

Mission Report 2021-2 (short version)

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The story of Nicoteh

The story of this 1150 g baby exemplifies what has become possible (see also a picture of her visit in the gallery above).