Zithulele Hospital – Eastern Cape SA

Zithulele Hospital – Eastern Cape SA

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Introduction
Originally a mission hospital, and retaining some of this ethos, Zithulele Hospital, is situated in a deeply rural part of the beautiful Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. They are a 147 bed district hospital providing primary health care services for a catchment area of 130 000 people where education levels are low and unemployment is high. Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are endemic.
Their vision to become a centre of excellence in rural health has been fulfilled through a group of committed well motivated staff who put their patients first. They provide high quality care to the community and local clinics.

 

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 In September 2016 Zithulele were recipients of a Pi Astra. In their words.

“Breastfeeding saves lives. It is one of the messages we’ve prioritised for over a decade. Some moms aren’t in the position to breastfeed, however if their babies are preterm or malnourished this can be a life and death issue. Now we are the excited recipients of a Pi-Astra human milk pasteurizer. Our human milk bank awaits its first official donor (up till now it’s always been rather ad hoc, usually a breastfeeding clinical team member), but thanks to Prof Coutsoudis and her team, who received a GSK/Save the Children award to roll these out, we’re up and running!”

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Ithemba Lethu Breastmilk Bank

Ithemba Lethu Breastmilk Bank

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iThemba Lethu Breastmilk Bank began 16 years ago and was the first community based human milk bank to open in South Africa.  It is situated in Manor Gardens, Durban in a transition home for babies orphaned or abandoned as a result of HIV. Many of the babies arrive ill and malnourished. Prof Anna Coutsoudis, who headed up the NGO, realized that giving these babies donor breastmilk would go a long way to address many of the problems they were experiencing and provide them with optimum nutrition. So with funding from UNICEF, the human milk bank was opened. Over the years it has substantially improved the quality of life of the babies at the home, they have gained weight and thrived.

 

Although the Bank is equipped with a Sterifeed Pasteurizer enabling the pasteurizing of large volumes of milk, the cycle is time consuming and is not practical to use when a small amount of milk needs to be urgently pasteurized.   In August 2016, the iThemba Lethu Breastmilk Bank was the recipient of a Pi Astra pasteurizing system, thanks to the GSK/Save The Children Health Innovation Award.  This compact, ingenious user-friendly pasteurizing system has facilitated quick pasteurising of small quantities of breast milk for babies placed in the home and in private/public hospitals around the greater Durban area.  In addition it has allowed the Bank to be a demonstration site for other smaller organizations that want to set up human milk banks with PiAstra pasteurization systems.

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Feedback – Baby House La Lucia

Feedback – Baby House La Lucia

The following feedback was received from Baby House, La Lucia:

Baby Gina arrived “failure to thrive”. We received breast milk for her for a few weeks and then weaned her onto formula when the supply ran out. She is now on formula. Healthy and growing well. At 10 weeks she was weighing 4.5kg!

Baby Gift arrived “malnourished”. He could not tolerate formula. Received breast milk. He is now weighing 5.5kg healthy and growing!

Both babies were prem and had breast milk for a short time. It made a dramatic difference. We would have loved to have kept them on breast milk for many more weeks. So excited to be able to start our own milk bank for babies who are placed in our care who desperately need breast milk.

 

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IThemba Lethu

IThemba Lethu

The affiliated programme, The Breastmilk Bank, assists in providing optimal nutrition for the babies in the transition homes through locally and international donated breastmilk.

We are a local Durban NGO devoted to helping vulnerable babies, children, youth and families regain a meaningful destiny by recognising the value of their lives and the importance of being in a secure family environment.

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Visit to Ethiopia

Visit to Ethiopia

The PiAstra was introduced to the Ethiopian Public Health Department

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The La Lucia Baby House

The La Lucia Baby House

Many thanks to our donor moms who have given us breast milk so we can have a great start!!

The following feedback was received from Baby House, La Lucia:

Baby Gina arrived “failure to thrive”. We received breast milk for her for a few weeks and then weaned her onto formula when the supply ran out. She is now on formula. Healthy and growing well. At 10 weeks she was weighing 4.5kg!

Baby Gift arrived “malnourished”. He could not tolerate formula. Received breast milk. He is now weighing 5.5kg healthy and growing!

Both babies were prem and had breast milk for a short time. It made a dramatic difference. We would have loved to have kept them on breast milk for many more weeks. So excited to be able to start our own milk bank for babies who are placed in our care who desperately need breast milk.

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