About us

We are a growing group of Swiss physicians and nurses with long-standing experience in general pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, neonatology and pediatric intensive care. We recognize that we live in a very privileged country and want to share our knowledge with less fortunate people.

Initiated by Prof. Thomas M. Berger and his wife Sabine Berger, the non-profit organization NEO FOR NAMIBIA - Helping Babies Survive was founded in September 2017. The members of the board are:

  • Sabine Berger, RN, president
  • Flurina Prevost, RN, vice-president
  • Thomas M. Berger, MD, secretary and chief medical advisor
  • Deborah Gubler, MD, treasurer

What motivates us?

Struck by the immense discrepancies between health care resources in high income and low/middle income countries, we have decided to support efforts to improve neonatal and pediatric care in Namibia. Following two fact finding missions in 2015 and 2016, a pilot project was launched at Rundu State Hospital in the Kavango region of Namibia in July 2017.

We are convinced – and history has shown this for developed countries – that the successful introduction of low-cost interventions will have a large impact on survival chances of both preterm and term infants.

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With more than 25 years of experience in neonatology in various high-income countries, I want to share my knowledge with physicians and nurses in less privileged countries. Helping to improve neonatal care at the Rundu State Hospital in the North of Namibia has become my passion.

Prof. Thomas M. Berger, MD

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Good nursing care is of paramount importance to the care of sick newborn infants. It is very gratifying to see that the nurses at Rundu State Hospital are highly motivated to learn - with immediate benefit to the patients. Ongoing training of health care staff will be vital to guarantee sustainable improvements.

Sabine Berger, RN

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My heart beats for Africa and its developing countries. I have previously witnessed how affordable medical equipment and training of local medical staff can make a difference. I am delighted to see the improvements in medical care for the smallest and most vulnerable patients at Rundu State Hospital. I am enthusiastic to be part of the NEO FOR NAMIBIA team.

Flurina Prevost, RN

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Being a pediatrician with a focus on neonatology, helping babies survive is essential for me, no matter of where in the world. NEO FOR NAMIBIA aims to improve neonatal survival chances with carefully chosen interventions in Namibia. I am highly motivated to support these efforts. Working together with health care professionals across boarders, we can all learn from each other.

Deborah Gubler, MD