Human Milk Bank Project
Preventing and treating illnesses

1,800–2,000 babies/year in a hospital in Pune, India; 2,500–3,000 babies from the surrounding regions

We are starting a human milk bank in a charity hospital to aid infants with poor families. This decreases child mortality (Saving Mothers and Children) and prevents infant disease and mothers’ breastfeeding complications (Fighting Disease).

The hospital will serve premature and ill babies in an area with over 2.5 million residents in the countryside, in cities and in industrial area. The number of premature babies and malnourished mothers is particularly high among the poorest residents.

Mortality rates among those with infections are also extremely high – more than 60% of the infected die. The human milk bank at the hospital assists poor families free of charge.

Total budget: USD 65,539

  • DDF funding: 28,000 (from Rotary Districts)
  • Other funding: 9,500 (from Rotary Clubs)
  • World Fund of the Rotary Foundation 28,039

Participants from Finland

  • Rotary Districts 1380, 1390, 1400 and 1410
  • Meri-Oulu Rotary Club

Other participants

  • Rotary District 3131 from India and 1360 from Iceland
  • 4 Indian Rotary Clubs, 1 Japanese Rotary Club and 1 Austrian Rotary Club