Grey’s Hospital gets PiAstra- January 2018.
This week, a PiAstra was delivered to Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. A team from the maternity and neonatal units were trained in establishing and running a human milk.
On behalf of the PiAstra team we must thank the GSK/Save the Children Partnership for their support in making this project successful. The PiAstra team are constantly adding new innovations and developing support equipment and growing the project. We hope to be announcing our new innovation very soon so keep checking the website.
Another day in the life of PiAstra … GSK Visit in January 2018
One of our established PiAstra Human Milk Banks at Bethesda Hospital in northern KwaZulu-Natal, was selected as a site visited by Matthew MacCalla who is the Project Manager of the GSK/ Save the Children partnership who are responsible for various Global Health Programmes dedicated to saving children’s lives.
The very competent Bethesda Human Milk Bank Team have embraced the PiAstra pasteurization process with great enthusiasm and created their own key stage check points during the pasteurizing cycle. Their positive feedback on the use of the PiAstra and their dedication to ensuring all infants needing donor milk have access to it, was inspiring. The trip included feedback; checking equipment functionality; and considering possible improvements that could be included in software upgrades.
The demonstration was completed despite the fact that the hospital water supply had been cut. Emergency bottled water was on standby and saved the day. The real-life situation reminded us how water-friendly the PiAstra pasteurization system is which is so key at this time when many regions such as the Cape are experiencing serious water shortages.
A Day in The Life of Pi …………………….. Astra
Very exciting developments are taking place with the ongoing requests for new Human Milk Bank sites using the PiAstra pasteurization system.
The most recent new site was established in Harare, Zimbabwe, just before Christmas 2017. Noel Powell, from the University of KwaZulu- Natal, met with an enthusiastic team headed by Katinka Musavaya an IBCLC based in Harare. The team comprised of 3 paediatricians, medical and nursing staff. They were taken through the full pasteurization process with a hands on demonstration using the PiAstra and supporting equipment. Their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment will make this new site a huge success once they have gained approval and support from all the official role players.
Well done Zimbabwe, it was such a joy to be a part of your groundbreaking initiative to set up milk banking in your country. A second PiAstra unit has been requested by one of the visiting paediatricians for their hospital. A brief second visit was made by Dr Penny Reimers who met with Katinka to discuss some of the logistics of setting up a milk bank.