Banking on Donor Milk

Complications from premature birth are among the leading causes of under-5 deaths—and more than 60% of such births happen in Africa and South Asia.
Preemies have the best chance of surviving and thriving if they are given their mother’s milk immediately after birth.
For mothers who cannot breastfeed their newborns for health reasons, human milk banks can be a game-changer. There are 500+ such banks worldwide, but Kenya’s Pumwani milk bank is only the continent’s third. Milk banks can offer a cost-effective way to save preemies’ lives, but there are myriad logistical challenges, like keeping milk free of contamination and infection.
Quartz Africa

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