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

With the following pictures we would like to give you an impression of our most recent mission, which began on November 16, and lasted until December 17, 2019.


New mission report

Our 9th mission lasted from November 16 to December 18, 2019. The main mission goals were to introduce a new bubble CPAP device for small babies at Rundu State Hospital. In addition, we visited Katima Hospital in Namibia's Zambezi region, for the first time.

Mission Report 2019-3

Mission Report 2019-3 (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).