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Breast milk bank launched in Da Nang

Released at: 15:57, 19/01/2016

Breast milk bank launched in Da Nang

Country's first such bank to provide breast milk to infants unable to breast feed.

by Le Diem

A pilot project for Vietnam’s first breast milk bank has been launched in the central city of Da Nang by the Ministry Health and the city’s Department of Health, aimed at providing breast milk to infants who are unable to breast feed.

The Maternity and Pediatric Hospital in the city is conducting the pilot and will follow strict regulations on selecting and screening donors, hygiene, temperature control in storage and transport, pasteurization, and bacteriological inspections.

Of the 15,000 children born at the hospital each year about 3,000 are unable to breast feed because of premature delivery, disease (either in the infant or the mother), abandonment, or being placed in isolation, according to Ms. Tran Thi Hoang, Deputy Director of the hospital.

Another goal of the bank is to promote awareness about the benefits of breast milk. If the pilot is successful the model will be applied in other cities and provinces around the country.

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