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About Kit Tarka Foundation
Why we are here

Kit Tarka Foundation (KTF) was established in 2018 by Sarah and James de Malplaquet after their son Kit Tarka died at just 13 days old.


After discovering that Kit had died from neonatal herpes (the cold sore virus in babies), Sarah set out to learn as much as she could about this devastating disease. She was astonished by the lack of awareness amongst the general public and, most disturbingly, by the huge gaps in knowledge of symptoms and best practice in the UK medical profession. It soon became clear that Kit’s death had been preventable and that the lack of knowledge around the transmission, recognition and treatment of the virus had led to his tragic and untimely death. You can read Kit's story here


After contacting several charities to see if they could facilitate long overdue research into neonatal herpes but being told it was not within the scope of any of them, Sarah and James decided they needed to establish their own charity to help prevent more tragedies like Kit's. To that end, KTF was launched with a mission to prevent newborn baby deaths through research and education.


Our initial projects will focus on neonatal herpes but in the longer term, the aim is for KTF to fund projects into all causes of preventable neonatal death.

Our mission

To prevent newborn baby deaths through research and education.

Our vision

Babies who are born healthy stay healthy. Preventable neonatal deaths in the UK are eliminated.

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