Help stop babies dying on their first day

Every year, 1 million babies around the world die on their first – and only – day of life. The death of one baby is a tragedy. The death of a million a year is an outrage. Yet most of these deaths could be prevented with the help of a trained and equipped midwife. With your support we can make sure the first day is just the beginning.

Please donate to save lives by helping to train more midwives and by giving them tools and medicines. You can also take action to urge the Prime Minister to push his fellow leaders to prioritise training and funding more midwives.

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The first day of a baby’s life is the most dangerous by far: premature birth, complications during labour and exposure to infections all pose deadly threats.

Zakaria (above) only survived because a trained midwife was there to clear his lungs when he couldn’t breathe.

Save the Children trains midwives in some of the world's poorest countries and also provides them with tools and medicines they need to save the lives of children like Zakaria. But we need your support to do more.

Please help us train and equip more life-saving midwives.

By donating today, you'll be helping more children like Zakaria survive their first day.

Just £5 could buy life-saving antibiotics such as Amoxicillin to save a child from diseases such as sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis

And £50 can pay to train a community health worker to give life-saving medicine and care to newborn babies and mothers.

Please help babies survive their first day: donate now.


This year, for the first time ever, countries around the world will sit down to agree a global action plan to save newborn lives.

We're working hard to ensure it’s as ambitious as it can be. But a plan on paper is not nearly enough.

We need to ensure there's real progress in training and equipping more life-saving midwives.

David Cameron can lead a global breakthrough in tackling the crisis in newborn deaths.

We want him to sign our Newborn Promise – a plan to ensure that by 2025 every baby is born with the life-saving support of a midwife.

But he’ll only be compelled to act if enough of us ask him to.

Please sign our petition to the Prime Minister to make sure every baby is born with the life-saving support of a midwife.