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 first mission in 2021 took us to Rundu and Katima in the north, as well as to Mariental and Rehoboth in the south. The visits of the hospitals in the Kavango East and Zambezi regions served to continue projects of previous years. In contrast, the two hospitals in the Hardap region were visited for the first time for baseline assessments. With the following pictures we would like to give you an impression of our 11th mission, which began on April 16, and lasted until May 15, 2021.


New Mission Report

Our 10th mission lasted from November 5 to December 5, 2020. The main mission goals were to evaluate sustainability of our efforts at Rundu State Hospital. In addition, we visited Katima Hospital for the second time.

Mission Report 2020-1

Mission Report 2020-1 (short version)



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).