New Year babies: First MSF deliveries of 2020

As 2020 kicked off with fireworks and celebrations, our teams were busy helping women to welcome new life into the world

10 Jan 20

In many ways, the world is going through a difficult time right now, but with new life, there is always new hope.

Here are some of the first babies of this new decade from MSF health facilities around the world. 


Baby Manamanya from Ethiopia

Born at 1.05 am, Manamanya arrived in the world weighing a healthy 3.2 kilograms.

His mum Pari, 22, is from Pugnido in the Gambella Region of Western Ethiopia. She is studying to be a teacher and was at university when Manamanya decided to arrive.

He is Pari's third child and she hopes that he will become a medical doctor

Bediriya with baby Eyob

When Bediriya started having contractions on New Year's Eve, she knew exactly where she wanted to go - MSF's hospital in Gambella Town.

Thirty minutes into the new year, the 22-year-old Kambaata woman gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, who she named Eyob. 

This is her second child and she hopes he will receive a good education.

Baby Chudier from Ethiopia

Meet Chudier, a little boy born at 9 am New Year's Day to first-time mum Nyalul in Gambella Town.


One of the first babies of 2020 born at our maternity unit in Arsal, Lebanon

This bundle of joy was delivered by MSF staff working in Arsal, Lebanon, where we offer primary healthcare and support a mother and child health centre. 


This little boy was born six minutes into 2020

This bright-eyed boy arrived in the world six minutes into the New Year, weighing 4.35 kilograms. 

His mum has sadly lost three babies before and was told by many people in her village that she should deliver in an MSF hospital because of the high standard of care mothers and babies receive. 

When the labour pains started, she was raced to Khost Maternity Hospital, an hour away, in Afghanistan, where MSF teams helped her safely deliver a little boy. 

He has an older brother and sister and had not yet been named when this photo was taken. 

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Halida with her little boy in Iraq

Halida's little boy was born at 6 pm on New Year's Day in MSF's Sinuni Hospital in the Sinjar region, northwestern Iraq

She was tired but happy to have safely welcomed her son. 

Baby Jood from Mosul, Iraq

Baby Jood just made it into the new decade, born at 12.02 am New Year's Day in Nablus Hospital in West Mosul, Iraq. 

His mum Hania had been admitted just 2.5 hours earlier and thankfully suffered no complications whilst bringing her 3.2-kg son into the world.

Asked about her aspirations for Jood, Hania said she simply hopes her son will grow up to enjoy a good life.

Fatila with her baby in Sinuni, Iraq

Fatila's little boy arrived at 9.35 pm on New Year's Day in MSF's Sinuni Hospital, near Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, weighing three kilograms.

South Sudan

This little boy was born in the MSF hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan

This sweet boy was born at 27 minutes past midnight on January 1 in MSF's hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan.

His 18-year-old first-time mum, Nyalaat, endured a long labour but showed incredible strength to bring all three kilograms of him screaming into the world.  

He doesn’t have a name yet but Nyalaat dreams of sending her son to school for a proper education.


Baby Jacqueline with her mum Angelina and the MSF team in White Nile, Sudan

This petite little lady received quite the welcome when she arrived in White Nile, Sudan, at 6 pm on New Year's Day. Named Jacqueline, she weighed 2.5kg at birth. 

MSF’s hospital in White Nile is adjacent to the refugee camp her mum Angelina lives in. She followed antenatal care with the MSF team, heading straight to the hospital when her labour pains started.

Angelina hopes Jacqueline will become a doctor and help women and girls. 

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