Across Sub-Saharan Africa, there is an unacceptably high number of mothers and newborns who die each year. But it doesn’t take a lot help a mother and her baby through a safe delivery and in the first months after birth. In fact, most causes of maternal and infant death can be easily prevented, as long as pregnant women and new mothers with babies get the right health care at the right time.


This Christmas, St John International will give thousands of newborns a healthy start and protect mothers from experiencing the painful loss of their babies.


We know how to do it. But we need you.


Please make a donation: Every pound you donate supports our St John Christmas Appeal, enabling St John volunteers to help saving the lives of mothers their babies.


Your donation will help St John continue supporting 20,000 pregnant women and new mothers in Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • We can transport more qualified health staff to remote villages, ensuring more women and babies get the right medical attention.
  • We will train St Jon volunteers to reach more households and support pregnant women and new mothers with infants.
  • St John volunteers will help expectant and new fathers to provide practical support to their partner during pregnancy and after the baby is born.


Thank you for your support!




Will you help mothers like Alice?


Alice is from rural Malawi, and by the time she was 34 years old she had five pregnancies. Three of her babies died at birth. She had never gone to any health check-ups during pregnancy because she simply didn’t know how important they are. She also never learned how to make sure her own health and the health of her child can be protected.


During her most recent pregnancy, Alice was visited by St John Malawi volunteers who were providing support to households for healthy motherhood. For the first time ever, Alice learned about frequent check-ups that can spot problems early enough, from pregnancy right through the first weeks of the infant’s life.


The local volunteers also encouraged her to have a safe delivery at a health centre, where a trained health worker can act immediately if complications occur. Finally, Alice became the mother of a healthy child.