Lactare, Eurofarma’s human milk bank, collected 60.5 liters of milk in April. The company strongly aspires to reaching this monthly goal and the success is the result of efforts by donor mothers and the daily commitment to premature babies who are in serious need of these donations at Hospital Geral de Itapevi.
Launched in August 2019, the pharmaceutical company was the first laboratory to set up a private human milk bank in Brazil and has already collected a total of 287 liters. Its main purpose is to reinforce the importance of breastfeeding for child development. The project is linked to the Brazilian Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH) in partnership with the City of Itapevi.
Importance of breast milk and how to donate
Breast milk is the main nutrition source for newborns and the only food recommended for babies up to 6 months of age. In addition, it is responsible for reducing mortality from preventable causes by up to 13% in children under five years of age. It also helps reduce the risk of diarrhea, respiratory infections, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. According to Fiocruz, coordinator of rBLH-BR, there are about 225 human milk bank units in Brazil, which currently meet 60% of the demand.
Mothers who are breastfeeding can donate their excess milk and help nourish newborn babies. Home collections can be made within a radius of up to 20km from downtown Itapevi. After the donation, a careful process is performed and the milk is properly analyzed, stored and preserved to ensure the maintenance of its natural quality to benefit other babies.
For more information and to learn how to donate, visit www.eurofarma.com.br/bancodeleite.
About Eurofarma Group
As the first multinational pharmaceutical company with 100% Brazilian capital, the Eurofarma Group has been operating in the health industry since its establishment in 1972, producing and marketing innovative products and services to improve people’s quality of life. Focused on generating shared value, it operates in the areas of Prescription, Non-Prescription, and Generic Drugs, Hospital, Oncology and Veterinary. In Brazil alone, it offers 313 products, 649 dosage forms, serves 25 medical specialties and covers 89 therapeutic classes, which represent 81% of prescriptions in the brand market.
The Eurofarma Group has own operations in 20 countries, with an industrial park in Brazil and plants in 6 more Latin American countries. Reported sales totaled BRL 5.6 billion in 2019 and the Group employs over 7,000 employees.