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.
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.