The main objective of the project is to develop and implement the first Human Milk Bank (HMB) in Cape Verde. The HBM aims to fight neonatal malnutrition by welcoming recently born children who face nutrition problems. The project will support the purchase of the necessary equipment, the technical training of national staff to process and perform quality controls of human breast milk, and the development and implementation of an information system for the HMB in the country. About 20 national experts will be trained to transform the HMB into a national reference.
- Develop local strategies which have an impact on conditions of life (reducing morbidity rates and preventable deaths of new-borns in intensive and semi-intensive neonatal care units in countries that have implemented HMB).
- Promote conditions for actors to endorse the Global Network of HMB´s objectives included in the 2005, 2010 and 2015 Brasilia Letters, signed by representatives of partner countries.
- Build strategies and tools which encourage sustainable actions in the health sector for HMBs, such as technical regulations and laws that guide the implementation and operations of HMBs - as a public health strategy of cooperating countries.
- Implement sectoral strategies and social policies in favour of breastfeeding and human milk donations in cooperating countries, such as the creation of the World Day of Human Milk Donation; mobilization during World Breastfeeding Week, promote forums and seminars, and maintain permanent communication channels.
- Increase the efficiency of the management system within the framework of institutions holding HMB, with the development of monitoring tools and performance evaluation indicators of the countries’ which have implemented HMB.
- Build methods of work which lead to community empowerment and social transformation in the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding, as well as in the promotion of human milk donations in cooperating countries.
- Create educational and training material which responds to social and cultural diversity, for instance for actions which specifically target different aboriginal ethnic groups, hard of hearing people, and imprisoned women.
- Stimulate innovative actions which increase technology and knowledge exchanges in the framework of breastfeeding and HMBs.
The project was initiated in September 2008 and completed in December 2013.
- The project participated in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality.
- The progress achieved so far in countries that have implemented the HMB confers legitimacy to the Global Network of HMBs as a global association that contributes to the health-related objectives included in the SDGs.
- The project allowed the creation and implementation of the first HMB in Africa to fight against child malnutrition.
- The solution not only establishes the Bank but also trains professionals in order for the Bank be sustained by locals.
Replication: The implementation of a HBM and training of qualified staff to operate the bank. In addition to its low-cost and positive impact, the HMB Network is recognized by WHO and UNDP as one of the initiatives that most contributed to human development in the Southern Hemisphere, by promoting practical solutions that can be replicated, scaled-up and adapted in other countries.
Budget: US$ 168,144.09 (total budget)
Governo da República Federativa do Brasil
Agência Brasileira de Cooperação
SAF/Sul Quadra 2, Lote 2, Bloco B, 4º Andar, Edifício Via Office
Brasília – DF, Brasil
Coordenação Geral de Cooperação Técnica Bilateral:
Wofsi Yuri G. de Souza