Dear potential Funders and Sponsors,
Did you know… eight out of 100 babies are born prematurely in South Africa?
The South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) is a registered nonprofit dedicated to bringing down South Africa’s soaring infant mortality rate by supplying donated breastmilk (DBM) to vulnerable, premature infants in their precarious first weeks of life. The recipients of the milk are vulnerable pre-term infants, babies orphaned by HIV/AIDS and in some cases babies whose mothers are unable to provide them with milk. Our target population is babies born under 30 weeks, under 1.8kg and younger than 14 days.
The SABR collects, pasteurises, supplies and re-distributes DBM among hospital facilities in the Gauteng, Free-State, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and North West. The SABR is geared to deliver donated breastmilk into each and every part of South Africa within 24-48 hours while ensuring that DBM is of the highest quality and meets the regulatory standards. SABR provides this essential service in both public (80 percent) and private hospitals (20 percent), providing 87 hospitals with DBM on a regular basis. We have also setup and strive to maintain 44 human milkbanks in hospitals around South Africa and we are currently the largest human milk banking partner to the South African Department of Health and Netcare. SABR’s impact is evident in the number of premature babies that it has assisted: in one calendar year, between March 2014 and February 2015, SABR provided donated breastmilk to 2 834 critically-ill babies. This is a 67.8 percent increase on the previous year where SABR supported 1689 babies.
The organisation has grown rapidly since inception and we continue to strive towards becoming leaders in advocating and managing the quality and ethics of human milk banking in South Africa. As it continues to grow, the demands and responsibility of sustaining and growing human milk banking is large. The SABR appeals for assistance in any capacity within the following divisions of SABR:
- Set-up and installation of human milk banks (pasteurising machine, freezers, fridge, laminar flow bench, remote monitoring, branding and painting);
- Microbiology and Serology (testing of donors and DBM on a regular basis);
- Setup and management of breastfeeding rooms at the Mamamagic Baby Expo shows in South Africa (X4 shows in 2016);
- Operations of the SABR Head Office (Laptops, travel costs, office equipment);
- Operations of human milkbanks (quality assurance and salaries of community-based workers and/ nurses who run the milkbanks);
- Training of Human milkbank operators;
- Breastfeeding awareness across South Africa; and
- Pasteurising machines.
If you would like to assist or you need more information, contact Chelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about the South African Breastmilk Reserve, refer to www.sabr.org.za.