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With financial and technical support from Alive & Thrive and PATH, the Da Nang Department of Health launched Viet Nam’s first human milk bank at the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children. This milk bank will improve access to donor human breastmilk for 3,000 – 4,000 at-risk infants annually, and will hopefully lead to the development of national human milk bank guidelines and a network of human milk banks throughout the country.

Our tools, many of which are used by healthcare staff in the hospital, are included below.

Brief

Video: Human milk bank in Da Nang

This video illustrates the process used in the human milk bank in Da Nang City, Viet Nam to ensure donated breastmilk is safe for at-risk infants, in line with international standards.

Facilitation guides

These facilitation guides are used by human milk bank staff to conduct breastfeeding promotion, donor recruitment, and donor education counselling sessions with mothers in the hospital.

Leaflet

This leaflet is given to mothers and caregivers at the hospital to increase awareness and understanding of the human milk bank.

Poster


For additional resources, please visit PATH’s website on the human milk bank.

With financial and technical support from Alive & Thrive and PATH, the Da Nang Department of Health launched Viet Nam’s first human milk bank at the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children. This milk bank will improve access to donor human breastmilk for 3,000 – 4,000 at-risk infants annually, and will hopefully lead to the development of national human milk bank guidelines and a network of human milk banks throughout the country.

Read the brief to learn more about this groundbreaking facility.

 

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