The expansion of the Brazilian Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH-BR) to the Americas began in 2003, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Two years later, at the II International Congress of Human Milk Banks, 2005, in which 2,500 professionals and 13 countries (Latin America, the United States and England) were present, a working group prepared in two original copies with identical texts, In Portuguese and Spanish, a protocol called the Brasilia Charter.

With the signing of the Charter of Brasilia, the expansion policy was materialized through the commitment to create the Latin American Network of Human Milk Banks. The letter was signed on May 19, 2005, being the first document of the International Cooperation of rBLH.

The Latin American Network of Human Milk Banks project was based on the experience of implementation and validation of the Brazilian model in other countries - Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador and Cuba. International Cooperation takes place through international acts formalized and governed by international law.

On June 9, 2008, the Executive Secretariat of the Ibero-American Network of Human Milk Banks was established at Fiocruz, the basis for the Technical Support Program for the Implementation of the Ibero-American Network of Human Milk Banks (IberBLH Program). At the time, seven countries, including Brazil, signed the multilateral agreement.

In July 2008, the work of international cooperation developed by the Brazilian Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH-BR) was extended to the member countries of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), with the approval of the "Network Deployment Project Of Human Milk Banks in CPLP Countries. " The project was approved at the 17th Meeting of the CPLP Cooperation Focal Points (CPLP body), held on July 17 and 18, 2008, in Lisbon. The project to implement Network of Human Milk Banks in CPLP member countries aims to support breastfeeding, collect and distribute human milk, contributing to the reduction of infant mortality.

In November 2007, the Summit Program for the Network of Human Milk Banks was approved based on the Brazilian model coordinated by Fiocruz.

The CPLP is an entity created on July 17, 1996, which brings together eight member states: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste. It is the privileged multilateral forum for the deepening of mutual friendship and cooperation among its members.

The actions developed by the CPLP have precise objectives and are focused on the priority sectors, such as Health and Education.

In the same year, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) identified breastfeeding and complementary feeding as two of the most effective interventions to prevent infant mortality.

The Technical Cooperation "Brazil, Honduras and Ecuador - Human Milk Banks" was developed for one year from July 2008, with the purpose of contributing to the reduction of infant mortality, as well as developing and supporting institutional and community policies and responses Which strengthen breastfeeding and the capacity of the state to respond through South-South cooperation.

In September 2010, representatives of the health and social protection sectors of governments and civil society from Ibero-American countries and the African continent participated in a working group at the V Brazilian Congress of Human Milk Banks / I Ibero-American Congress of Banks Of Human Milk / I Forum for International Cooperation in Human Milk Banks, held from September 27 to 30, 2010, in Brasilia. The final product of this event was the Charter of Brasilia 2010, signed on the 30th during the closing ceremony of the event. This document rescues the commitments of the Brasilia Charter 2005 and assumes strategies for continuity of work.

The guidelines and commitments for the future of the Global Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH), as well as this denomination, were thought out five years later. In the period from September 21 to 25, 2015, the II Forum ABC / Fiocruz / Ministry of Health of International Cooperation in Human Milk Banks was held in Brasilia, with the participation of 22 countries. The 2015 Brasilia Charter was agreed and signed during the event.

Among the agreed guidelines are the change of nomenclature of the Latin-Ibero-Afro-American Network of Human Milk Banks for Global Network of Human Milk Banks); The mobilization to make official the adoption of May 19 as World Day of Donation of Human Milk at the World Health Organization (WHO); In addition to the commitment to promote conditions that expand access to human milk in order to reduce preventable deaths of newborns and prevent the occurrence of chronic noncommunicable diseases, which are included in the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Diálogos sobre Política Externa: Dr João Aprígio Guerra de Almeida (coordenador da rBLH) 

História da rBLH