South African Breastmilk Reserve

South African Breastmilk Reserve
Website: http://www.sabr.org.za/

 8 out of 100 babies are born prematurely in South Africa. At The South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) we live and breathe breastfeeding. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing down South Africa’s soaring infant mortality rate by supplying donated breastmilk (DBM) to vulnerable, premature infants in those 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 at 28 weeks, under 1.8kg and younger than 14 days.

SABR provides this essential service in both public (80%) and private hospitals (20%), 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.
 
In one calendar year, between March 2014 and February 2015, SABR provided donated breastmilk to 2834 critically ill babies.  This is a 67.8% increase on the previous year where SABR helped 1689 babies.

5% reward