|"Where it is not possible for the biological mother to breastfeed, the first alternative, if available, should be the use of human breast milk from other sources. Human milk banks should be made available in appropriate situations."
World Health Organization/United Nations Children's Fund
Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Program in Underserved Global Health
International Breast Milk Project and Mayo Clinic Department of Internal Medicines Program in Global Health are partnering to provide donor breast milk to infants affected by HIV/AIDS, malnourishment, disease, and poverty in underserved areas. Mayo Clinic Department of Internal Medicine is leading the health outcomes research associated with our project.
About Mayos Program in Global Health
The mission of Mayos Program in Global Health is to address critical international and domestic underserved health care needs through integrated Mayo Clinic strategies of clinical patient care, education and research.
Vision and Objectives
Compelled by an increasing disparity between international and domestic available health care resources and inadequate delivery systems, the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine, is committed to improving health care standards in underserved regions.
Through meeting our objectives the Program in Global Health is committed to produce the greatest positive health impact on the largest number of people every day.
- Establish a multidisciplinary, multispecialty program to develop new international and domestic clinical health care initiatives in underserved areas and help coordinate, facilitate and integrate current individual Mayo personnel volunteer activities.
- Partner with other national and international medical centers in joint clinical and academic underserved global health initiatives.
- Provide education for health providers and afflicted communities to advance underserved health care delivery, preventative care measures and address contributing socioeconomic inequalities.
- Study underserved global health problems through scientific research that may lead toward new strategies and novel solutions.
- Provide for a range of medical informatics and communication technologies to enhance on-site academic and educational health care resources.
AIDS-Free World is an international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and effective global responses to HIV/AIDS.