Rajasthan Government on 31 March 2015 opened women milk bank Jeevan Dhara in Jaipur. It was inaugurated by Health Minister Rajendra Rathore. The move is aimed at curbing the high infant mortality rate of Rajasthan.
The state Government launched the bank in collaboration with Norwegian government and JK Lon Hospital.
The bank would store milk from donating lactating mothers that can be used for feeding infants who are deprived of it.
The infants will get free of cost milk from lactating mothers who willingly donate it. The process of donation starts only after the donors are screened and medically tested for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis and other diseases. This is followed by pasteurization of milk that takes around three months.
First government owned woman milk bank was opened in Kolkata and Jaipur is the second in this series. However, the first mother’s milk bank in the State was started by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in a government hospital in Udaipur.
The infant mortality rate in Rajasthan, as per Sample Registration System (SRS) 2012, stands at 49 per 1000 live births and this is due to high non-availability of mother's milk on time.
When: 31 March 2015