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Maternal milk banks set global standard

By Associated Press in Rio De Janeiro ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-05 08:42:32

Thirty years ago, poor Brazilian women were paid to give away their breast milk, leaving their children at risk of malnourishment. Equipment at the few milk collection centers that existed was so costly, it limited the country's ability to expand the program's reach.

That has changed dramatically, thanks in part to Joao Arigio Guerrade Almeida, a chemist who has turned the Brazilian Milk Bank Network into a model studied by other countries and credited with helping slash infant mortality by two-thirds.

"Brazil is really the world leader in milk bank development," said Dr Lisa Hammer, a University of Michigan pediatrician who was part of a team visiting the Rio de Janeiro-based network last week.

Maternal milk banks set global standard

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