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Resources: Establishing Viet Nam’s first human milk bank

April 7, 2017

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. Annually, the hospital receives roughly 3,000 – 4,000 babies that are born premature or low-birth weight and that require special care in the neonatal unit (including babies delivered in the hospital and those transferred after birth from nearby hospitals). Hospital staff estimate that roughly 30% of these babies (900-1,200) do not have access to their own mother’s milk in the few days after birth and would benefit immensely from access to donor human milk. This milk bank 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.


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.


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


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


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