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Brazil signs agreement to help breast milk banks in Honduras

In Honduras, more than 20% of infants not receiving breast milk during the first hours of life

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According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Brazil will help the milk banks in Honduras to ensure the healthy growth of children in the Caribbean country. The announcement was made this Wednesday (8).

Nationwide, more than 20% of infants not receiving breast milk during the first hour and only one in three children under six months are exclusively breastfed, according to the latest National Survey of Health, UNICEF said.

The Health Minister, Alexandre Padilha, reaches the capital Tegucigalpa next week to sign the cooperation agreement with the Secretary of Health of Honduras, Arturo Bendaña, said the office of UNICEF in a statement. Brazilian experts from Ibero-American Network of Human Milk Banks (HMB) are in Honduras to reactivate the project Milk Bank of the Mother and Child Hospital in Tegucigalpa.

One of the experts, the coordinator of the Center of Reference for Milk Banks, Franz Novak, said it started in 2007 with the idea of ​​transferring the technology to Honduras to work in Brazil. Milk banks are units "where human food stores to boost breastfeeding, which helps to reduce the mortality of newborns," said UNICEF.

Novak added that the plan was postponed by the coup of June 28, 2009, in Honduras, against then President Manuel Zelaya.

Honduras has a milk bank in the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, and on Tuesday revived the Mother and Child Hospital in Tegucigalpa. Novak said the technology is developed in more than 20 Latin American countries and was "a success".

In milk banks in Brazil are served 1.7 million women, while more than 50% of women go through these units, which is a social contribution to the infancy of the country and significantly reduces infant mortality.

Novak said that "the ideal would be to continue breastfeeding until the child turns two years, but it is essential to get 100% of mothers breastfeed their children until at least six months of life."

Brazilian experts, who will conclude his visit to Honduras next weekend, on Wednesday traveled to San Pedro Sula to evaluate the Milk Bank at Hospital Mario Catarino Rivas.

Source: EFE
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