The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the riskiest places in the world to be born.

Every year, 96,000 newborns die before the end of their first month of life. Up to half of these babies don’t survive their first 24 hours.

Breathing problems, hypothermia and infection are the three big killers. Premature and low birthweight babies are most at risk. So are those born in remote and unsanitary places, miles from the nearest health centre or hospital.

For pregnant refugee women in the DRC – many of whom have fled from violence in neighbouring Central African Republic – childbirth is literally a matter of life or death.

You can help save the lives of newborns in the DRC.

Three simple actions in the first 60 minutes after birth – the ‘golden hour’ – dramatically increase a baby’s chances of survival.

  1. Resuscitation techniques for newborns with breathing difficulties.
  2. Skin-to-skin contact to stabilise their body temperature.
  3. Umbilical cord care using a safe antiseptic to stop infection.

Staff in even the humblest health centres – which often lack not only basic amenities but reliable electricity and clean running water – need to be skilled in these three simple steps. Your donation today can help provide this critical training, along with medical supplies and life-saving equipment.

No child should die just as their life is beginning.

Please bring life-saving obstetric care to vulnerable refugee mothers and newborns in the DRC.


Your donations in action

Jonathan just survived the most dangerous hour of his new life.

Malnutrition and anaemia can dramatically increase a mother’s risk of post-partum haemorrhage. 

This community health centre in the DRC cannot properly care for pregnant women because they lack the necessary equipment and staff trained in obstetric care.

Sandra has just given birth and complains of persistent stomach pain.

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