Workshop on Experience and Learning from Launching the First Human Milk Bank in Viet Nam
On 13th April 2017, the Da Nang Department of Health (DOH) in cooperation with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Family Health International (FHI 360) and Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)/the United States in Viet Nam organised a workshop within the framework of the "Human Milk Bank in Da Nang City" Project in the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children (DHWC) to share initial results and experiences in implementation of the human milk bank model in Da Nang City.
Attending the workshop were representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Viet Nam Social Insurance; DOH, Da Nang Department of Foreign Affairs; Da Nang Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs; Da Nang Social Insurance; Da Nang Department of Food Hygiene and Safety and a number of Agencies and Hospitals in the city.
In the 2015 - 2017 period, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, FHI 360 and PATH have implemented the "Human Milk Bank in Da Nang City" and "Ensure Access to Human Milk and Rescue Newborns" projects through partners DOH with the location at the DHWC and Medical Units under the DOH. The projects aim to improve the breastfeeding situation by ensuring breast milk for about 3,000 at risk children in Da Nang and neighbouring areas. Accordingly, the first human milk bank in Viet Nam was launched on 17th February 2017 at the DHWC.
Mr. Dang Viet Dung, Standing Deputy Chairman of the Da Nang People's Committee, Head of the Propaganda Board of the Da Nang Party Committee, giving a Certificate of Merit of the Chairman of the Da Nang People's Committee for the positive contribution to humanitarian aid in Da Nang in 2016 for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, FHI 360 and PATH