|"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
Donor Milk to Africa
Donor Milk to Africa
International Breast Milk Project is an international humanitarian aid organization, dedicated to providing life-giving donor milk to infants in emergent need. One of our primary goals is to provide immediate relief for infants in South Africa, where an estimated 1.4 million children were orphaned due to HIV/AIDS in 2007. International Breast Milk Project is a federally registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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. As of October 2010, IBMP has provided over 288,682 ounces, or 72,000 bottles, of life-giving donor breast milk to infants in South Africa.
Supporting Local Milk Banks
International Breast Milk Project supports local milk banks in Africa by providing them with in-kind donations of breast milk and operational funding. Our partner milk banks work as hard as they possibly can to meet the incredible demand for donor milk. But, 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 and the demand for donor milk for babies in need. For example, in some places like KwaZulu-Natal, up to 40% of mothers are infected with HIV and many moms are extremely malnourished, making it incredibly challenging to find moms who can donate milk. International Breast Milk Project provides direct donations of donor milk to help local banks meet the immediate need while we also providing funding to support their long term growth and sustainability. To date, IBMP has awarded over $173,114 for health care initiatives in Africa, including milk banking.
Closing the Gap