Essential Breast Milk Shipments for AIDS/HIV Stricken Babies in South Africa Arrive in Time for the Holidays
On December 5, 2011, the US-based International Breast Milk Project (IBMP), Prolacta Bioscience and Quick International Courier joined forces once again in a major humanitarian effort to deliver donor breast milk to be utilized by premature, sick and orphaned infants in Cape Town and Durban, South Africa. The shipments, holding 10,000 ounces of donor breast milk arrived safely in both cities in the early afternoon on December 7th. The milk banks there are especially excited because they know that with the holidays coming they are going to be experiencing extreme shortages and this milk will help them considerably!
Since Quick has expertise in temperature-sensitive shipping, we provided the cold chain logistics planning and transportation to safely deliver the frozen milk. To maintain the integrity of the milk, it is crucial to maintain a specific temperature throughout transit. In such situations, we use dry ice, a frozen carbon dioxide, with surface temperature of -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-78.5 degrees C), and monitor the temperature at all checkpoints.
IBMP has provided over 267,682 ounces, or 66,920 bottles, of life-giving donor breast milk to infants in South Africa
The Cape Town and Durban based non-profits, Milk Matters and iThemba Lethu, distribute donor breast milk to over 25 major hospitals and two orphan homes for children affected by AIDS, helping save the lives of premature babies. Emphasizing the need for continued supply of donor breast milk, Dr. Max Kroon says “In the developing world, breast-feeding and breast milk feeding are key interventions to promote child health and survival. These benefits are greater in preterm babies and are undermined if they get any non-human milk.
An estimated 1.9 million children were orphaned in South Africa due to HIV/AIDS in 2009.
With up to 200 HIV-exposed babies born at Cape Town’s Mowbray Maternity Hospital every month, donor milk is critical to ensuring that these babies only get human milk which reduces the risk of HIV transmission while retaining the benefits of breast milk.” International Breast Milk Project is the only organization in the world to provide large provisions of donor breast milk to infants suffering from HIV/AIDS, malnourishment, poverty and disease in Africa.”
Prolacta Bioscience, a life science company, that creates specialty formulations made exclusively from human milk for the nutritional needs of critically ill premature infants, partners with International Breast Milk Project by processing and safely packaging the donated breast milk while Quick International Courier donates their services to provide the fastest and most secure cold chain transportation.
International Breast Milk Project helps new Moms in the U.S. join the fight against poverty and disease by providing an avenue to donate breast milk to infants in South Africa and around the world. The donor milk is unquestionably lifesaving for many of the tiny, premature babies who receive it. Because so many babies have been abandoned, orphaned or have moms that are too sick or malnourished to breastfeed, there is a significant gap in the current supply of available local milk. You can help by donating milk, making a donation or spreading the word about the project.
For full information, please visit http://www.breastmilkproject.org/