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Sindh Institute Launches Pakistan’s First Shariah-Compliant Human Milk Bank

Executive Director of the Sindh Institute of Child Health and Neonatology (SICHN), Prof. Jamal Raza, announced the launch of Pakistan’s first and only Shariah-compliant Human Milk Bank at SICHN.

He explained that this initiative aims to provide pasteurized donor milk to babies who cannot get enough breast milk from their mothers. They’ve set up a special place to collect, process, store, and distribute breast milk donated by lactating mothers.

This project, established in collaboration with UNICEF, is a significant step in maternal health. Prof. Raza mentioned that it will offer vital nourishment to newborns, improving overall neonatal care.

“After collection, the milk undergoes pasteurization to remove any potential harmful bacteria while keeping its nutrients intact. It’s then stored frozen until it’s needed,” he added.

Prof. Raza emphasized that human milk banks mainly help premature or sick babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) who can’t breastfeed directly. Donor milk provides these vulnerable babies with important nutrients, antibodies, and protective factors for their growth and development.

Apart from giving donor milk to hospitalized babies, human milk banks will also provide assistance and education to breastfeeding mothers, he said.

To ensure Shariah compliance, complete records of donors and babies will be maintained at the institute and given to parents. A team from SICHN will receive training in operating the Human Milk Bank effectively, including in some Islamic countries.

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