Sonko launches the first ever East African Human Milk Bank in Pumwani Hospital

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has today launched a Human Milk Bank in Pumwani Hospital.

The Human Milk Bank is the first ever to be launched in East Africa and second in the entire African continent.

This project will go a long way in ensuring that vulnerable infants and those who loose their mothers during childbirth get the nutrients in the breast milk which will be given by donors.

The Ministry of Health has already developed guidelines necessary for protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and access of donor human milk to vulnerable infants.

The Nairobi Governor believes that Investing in breast milk access is investing in the future of Kenya.

The Human Milk Bank project is funded by the UK through the Mother-Baby Friendly Initiative Plus (MBFI+) for Sh66,550,000.

During the launch, the Governor thanked the British Government for supporting the project.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Health for providing policy guidance, PATH for giving technical support and the Health sector of Nairobi City County Government for embracing this innovation.

Sonko also affirmed that their staff capacity has increased through trainings on the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, The Kangaroo mother care and the Human Milk Banking process.

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