Fortis La Femme launches Amaara the First Public Medical Milk Bank in Bengaluru
Bengaluru, October 12, 2017: Fortis La Femme (hospital for women & children), Richmond Road in association with the Breast Milk Foundation (BMF), a non-profit organization within the GNS Foundation has recently launched Bengaluru’s first public Human Milk Bank, ‘’Amaara’’ . The centre recognizes that breast milk is the best nutritional food source for infants and should be available to babies deprived of mother’s milk.
Amaara is aninitiative in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) MillenniumDevelopment Goals of reducing Infant Mortality rate. The WHO and theUnited Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) recommend that the best feed for a babywho cannot be breastfed, is milk expressed from own mother or from anotherhealthy mother. Over the last year, Amaara has successfully collected milk from 66 donormothers and delivered it to 206 vulnerable new born babies across more than10-12 hospitals in Delhi/NCR.
Anika Parashar, COO, Fortis La Femme said, “We at Fortis La Femme are overwhelmed with the successful launch ofAmaara Human Milk Bank in our Bangalore Hospital after Delhi. We havepioneered a collection system in which a mother can express the milk in thecomfort of her home, a carrier from the bank will collect the milk inspecialized freezer boxes and transport it to the bank to be sent to apremature baby whenever needed. Amaara strengthens our promise to be a globallyrespected woman and child care provider known for exemplary clinical & holisticwellness care!’’
Dr. Raghuram Mallaiah, Director Neonatology, Fortis La Femme &Co-Founder Amaarasaid, “In Indiaprematurity and low birth weight are the biggest contributors ofneonatal/infant mortality. According to recent government surveys prematurityis one of the 10 most common causes of mortality in all age groups. Donor humanmilk goes a long way in helping save these very vulnerable babies in oursociety and thereby decrease infant mortality. We are proud to set upBengaluru's first public human milk bank at Fortis La Femme to create a betterspace for infants to thrive.”
Dr. Ankit Srivastava, Co-Founder Amaara said, “I feel joyous to be able to extend the ‘Amaara’ family andlend a hand to the needful preemies in another city. The milk-bank isdefinitely making progress, and we are overwhelmed with the response receivedfrom the people and hospitals of Delhi/NCR, and hope to see the same inBengaluru.” He further added “Itmakes me feel proud to be a part of such a remarkable peerless initiative andto be able to be assist and aid high risk newborns with the nurturing care thatformula milk lacks to offer”.
The Milk Bank wasinaugurated and supported by Hon. Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki,Vice-President of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium. He is also amember of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs and substitutefor the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and a member of the Delegation forrelations with the countries of South-East Europe.