A baby’s first year is the most critical stage of their life.

  1. A gift of $1,000 will help baby & mom survive to their 1st birthday.
  2. A gift of $15,000 maintains an existing Compassion Survival Center for 1 year.
  1. A gift of $50,000 supports 50 mothers in the Compassion Survival Program for 1 year.
  2. A gift of $120,000 maintains 8 existing Compassion Survival Centers for 1 year.

The Problem

Every year, more than 2.4 million babies die before they turn 1 month old. Many of these deaths are preventable, associated with lack of quality care at birth or treatment in the early days of life.

We've identified four high priority countries where the need for our Compassion Survival Program is especially significant. These Tier 1 countries are Burkina Faso, Haiti, Ethiopia and Togo. We determined this using our Compassion Survival Priority Index, which objectively measures and compares Survival need across all of Compassion's program countries. The index was formulated using WHO, UNICEF, and UNESCO data. The index considers factors like infant mortality rate, maternal mortality ratio, stunting prevalence, Hepatitis B immunization, rates of low birthweight, births attended by a skilled attendant and pre-primary enrollment into a Compassion program.

The Sobering Facts


Die within their 1st month
2.4 million babies die before they turn 1 month old.


Low-income child deaths
74/1000 children under the age of 5 died in low-income countries in 2019 — around 14 times the average rate in high-income countries.


Die before 5th birthday
Children around the world died before reaching their fifth birthday in 2020.

How Can We Respond Together?

Compassion's church partners currently offer specialized programming at 1,800 Compassion Survival Centers to target early childhood survival for 27,000 mothers and their babies. In this Compassion Survival Program, trained specialists support mothers and babies, providing birthing assistance, essential nutrition and supplies, childcare training, personal discipleship and vocational training. Through it all, babies and mothers are loved and supported by other families and the local church. The results speak for themselves: in the past fiscal year (July 2021 - June 2022), our Compassion Survival Program Centers reported the following:


Of survival babies
Were monitored for nutrition, and treatment was offered to every baby who needed it.


Of all newborns
Registered in Compassion Survival Program had a normal birth weight — compared with 72% in South Asia, 87% in sub-Saharan Africa and 91% in Latin America.


Of births
By Compassion Survival Program women were attended by a skilled health care professional, compared to a global average of 68%.

With your help, we will launch an additional 313 centers, reaching an additional 4,695 mothers and their babies — enabling a total of 2,113 centers to serve more than 31,695 mothers and their babies inclduing 444 in our Tier 1 high priority countries. With your support, children can reach their first birthday with a foundation of healthy development and hope for a brighter future.

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