Dhaatri Mother’s Milk Bank: Initial Report
A critical study by YFS team, spearheaded by Dr Santhosh Kumar, Public Health Specialist and others including Dr Srinivas Goud and Dr Bhamidipati Satyanarayana revealed the following:
- Telangana has one of the highest incidence of neonatal deaths and infant deaths in South India
- Hospital Mortality Rates at Tertiary care centers are also one of the highest in the country
- Breast feeding rates are abysmally low in Telangana
- Lack of basic medical and general equipment
- Lack of infrastructure, Severe shortfall in basic interventions like Neonatal Ambulances, Breast Feeding Initiatives, Milk Banks, KMCs, etc.
- Lack of enough trained manpower
The Team had noted that Niloufer had seen substantial number of neonatal deaths in 2015-16: both, in-born as well as out-born admissions from Petlaburj, Sultan Bazar and elsewhere owing to asphyxiation, lack of proper feeds, etc with number at an alarming 1700 neonate deaths out of a total of 16000 neonatal admissions in 2015-16.
After extensive consultations with domain experts, the team concluded that an ambulance for the Neonates combined with a Mother’s milk bank could prove to be vital to save neonates. As a part of the next steps, the team started working towards stemming this gap through ground breaking interventions.
“Mother’s Milk Bank, Dhaatri” stems from the thought that newborns deprived of their own mother’s milk can be given donor mother milk.
As a part of next steps,
- A discussion was held with YFS to rope in volunteers to promote awareness on Mother’s Milk and how to involve corporates for supporting innovations.
- YFS readily agreed to support and we started pitching in to corporates for their support.
- Wellsfargo India, Cotiviti cares and NTT Data are the donors who have come forward to support the set up of Telangana’s First Mother’s Milk Bank.
- YFS approached Niloufer Hospital management to set up Mother’s Milk Bank, Dhaatri and they agreed to provide us the operation space measuring 2200 Sq. Ft.
A steering committee meeting convened by Dr Santhosh Kumar Kraleti and chaired by Smt Karuna Vakati, IAS, Commissioner of Health & Family Welfare was conducted on May 2, 2017. The team presented updates on procurement, recruitment and launch dates. This meeting was attended by Govt Officials – Director of Medical Education, Dr M Ramani; Superintend of Niloufer Hospital, Dr Ramesh Reddy, Donor Representatives, Technical Committee members and YFS coordinators. We’re gearing up for a launch by the last week of May 2017.