Established in 2017, the Namibian Breast Milk Bank (NBMB) is a Non-Profit Organization for public benefit that promotes and supports breastfeeding. We collect, pasteurize, supply and re-distribute donor breastmilk (DBM) amongst hospital facilities.
The organization was born out of the realization that Namibia displays a great disparity in the provision and access to health care services. More premature infants die from infections and Necrotizing Entero Colitis in public care.
The infants inability to access breastmilk in public care is determined by a number of key factor, such as:
Increasing numbers of women infected with HIV/AIDS and associated illnesses such as TB/Meningitis give birth prematurely. Often these mothers are too ill to lactate and in some instances they die whilst in labour. Their infants are developmentally challenged from the womb, with low birth weights, premature digestive tracts and are at very high risk of developing infections such as Necrotizing Entero Colitis (NEC).
NEC is an acute inflammatory disease occurring in the intestines of a premature infant often leading to death.
Donor breastmilk is recognized by health practitioners as a suitable substitute where Mothers-Own-Milk (MOM) is not available in the prevention of NEC and for the infant recovering from NEC.
The NBMB is providing an essential service to infants born prematurely in both state and private hospital facilities with the supply of donor breastmilk.
The NBMB supplies donor breastmilk to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) only