. The various officials of the UNICEF expressed how the bank is qualified as a model for South Africa where the antiretroviral drug intervention for HIV-affected mothers has been recently introduced (Charity, SA, 2011). The iThemba Lethu is said to provide infants with the significant nutrients meant to improve their immune system, as mother’s milk is meant to do. The bank is also meant to prevent the transmission of HIV and other blood-borne diseases to the infant (Charity SA, 2011).
This bank takes milk from healthy women and administering them to orphaned HIV infants. Pasteurized milk is used as well as an added safeguard (Charity SA, 2011). This program is one of the more innovative programs which have broken conventions in the management of HIV/AIDS in Africa. The milk from the bank have been used mostly to provide food to AIDS affected children; and although ideally, the mother must provide milk to her baby, in these circumstances, she might transmit her disease to her child, hence the precautions recommended in her favor.
This breast milk bank has provided hope for many babies whose mothers have tested positive for AIDS. It is important to note that many orphaned infants in Africa are HIV-positive. Through the iThemba Lethu program, these infants are receiving care and shelter in Durban, one of the port cities of South Africa (UNICEF, 2011). In this bank, these babies are receiving the milk that they very much need while also boosting their immune system.