Global Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH)

Thursday, 25 January 2018 14:37 Written by 
  • Location(s): Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Food Security, Health
  • SDG(s): 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good health and wellbeing, 17. Partnerships for the Goals
  • Locations in Africa: Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique
  • Types in Africa: Solution
  • Themes in Africa: Food Security, Health
  • SDGs in Africa: 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good health and wellbeing, 17. Partnerships for the Goals

 Based on the Brazilian policy and practice of implementing milk banks (BLH), initiated by the Ministry of Health and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in the 1980s, a Global Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH) is an initiative that aims to expand a communication of knowledge and technologies aimed at food and nutritional security of newborns and infants, having the right to health as a central value. (ABC), with no intention of transferring to the implementation of its own resources, for the implementation of its own resources. human milk banks (in particular, Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique became part of the RBLH as of 2010). Once companies are successful, what is what is a horizontal work plan, which is a horizontal set.

(7,000 a day) died in 2016, (nearly 7 months a day) died in 2016, (nearly 7 months a day) died in 2016, which is 40% in sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, only ten Sub-Saharan African countries have partially achieved the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by 2015.

With the mission of supporting or breastfeeding, and collecting, processing, evaluating, stocking and distributing human milk, BLHs can be created with simple and inexpensive technology, assembled in real resources, in relatively short time. In addition to its important contribution to increasing infant breastfeeding rates and neonatal health improvements, the HMB generates evidence to improve as public policies related to health. The Brazilian experience shows that HBs are an effective way to increase the survival of babies with problems (mainly premature babies) and to reduce neonatal mortality (as indicated by a rate drop of more than 70% between 1990 and 2012).

A South-South bank for the implementation of an HBL involves professional qualification, provision of specialized equipment and adequacy of physical facilities. The training of health and education and the management and information in BLH) and the accomplishment of internships (in the areas of Assistance to women in the process of breastfeeding, Communication, and information, among others). Together, an ABC and Fiocruz support technical and financial, which is an installation and qualification of milk banks in various parts of the world, through the sharing of experiences, knowledge and technologies and strengthening of local capacities, respecting the different socioeconomic and cultural contexts. This version has a long list of corrections, changes, and new developments that significantly improve functioning.

RBLH plays a central role in promoting the implementation of milk banks in the countries that are integrated by carrying out activities such as workshops and workshops and by encouraging the sharing of technical and scientific documents. Examples of such initiatives are a youtube channel with Educational VIDEOS, a distance learning platform and the Young Researchers Award involved in the rBLH.

The creation and / or strengthening of HMB in African countries is essential for the strengthening of their national health systems. The first African BLH unit was installed at the Agostinho Neto Hospital in Praia (Cape Verde) in 2011, involving a training of 96 technicians. In its first year of operation, a local team found a 50% reduction in newborn deaths; between 2011 and 2016 2,500 babies were breastfed and 17,499 women were breastfed. The project for a new Cape Verdean unit on the island of São Vicente is under discussion. The second unit of African BLH is in the phase of implantation, not Maputo Central Hospital (Mozambique), with the beginning of the activities scheduled for the first half of 2018. In turn, the first Angolan BLH to enter into operation at the Lucrécia Paim Maternity in Luanda. The other Lusophone African countries and Timor-Leste should also join the RBLH, as envisaged by the creation in October 2017 of the BLH Network of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

Supported by:
Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and ministries of health of Brazil and the countries participating in RBLH

Implementing Agency:
Fiocruz / Ministry of Health, through its units: the National Institute of Health of Women, Children and Adolescents Fernandes Figueira (IFF) and the Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health (ICICT)

More information:

Contact person:
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz / Ministry of Health)
João Aprígio Guerra de Almeida
Coordinator of the Global Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH)
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