On April 4th, Timor-leste was struck by Tropical Cyclone Seroja, displacing >11,000 Timorese and causing significant damage to private and public infrastructure, including the National Pharmacy, Laboratory, and PPE Storage and Distribution Centre. HAI is committed to supporting our Ministry of Health and local partners in their response efforts.
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In 1999, HAI sent a health and human rights delegation to Timor-Leste following the national referendum for independence from Indonesia.
Timor-Leste is a small, half-island nation of ~1.3 million people that, despite having some of the worst maternal and child health outcomes in Southeast Asia at independence, has made improvements against all odds.
After the independence vote, the Indonesian military led a wide-spread campaign of violence, leaving a wake of death and destruction as they departed. An estimated 75% of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed. The health system required rebuilding and restaffing from scratch. Nevertheless, the new country leaders were committed to free universal health care for all Timorese.
Since the establishment of the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health (MOH) in 2002, HAI’s focus has been providing technical and planning support to the MOH’s maternal and newborn care and family planning programs.
HAI’s Timor-Leste program works both at the clinic and community level, helping to strengthen linkages between families and the primary health care services available to them through Timor-Leste’s national health system.
In 2019, the Liga Inan Program—aimed at improving maternal care seeking behaviors and maternal and child health outcomes—reached nationwide scale-up, helping connect pregnant women across the country to government midwives via moble phones.
When families reach the clinics, HAI’s clinic-based Learning Labs ensure that birthing teams are ready to provide high quality care, by improving and refreshing health worker skills where they work.
Explore HAI’s Portfolio of current and recent
Timor-Leste-based programs below.
As the first Minister of Health, I was grateful for HAI’s support as we developed our own public health system after independence. HAI remains an innovative partner of the Ministry of Health in the continuing effort to provide quality health services and to improve health outcomes for all Timorese.
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|Connecting mothers to care: Effectiveness and scale-up of an mHealth program in Timor-Leste||J Glob Health, 2019|
|Participation in the Liga Inan Program||Technical Brief, 2016|
|Utilization of Maternal Health Services||Technical Brief, 2016|
|Postnatal Care for Mothers and Newborns||Technical Brief, 2016|
|Does mobile phone ownership predict better utilization of maternal and newborn health services? A cross-sectional study in Timor-Leste||BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 2016|
|Domestic Violence, Marital Control, and Family Planning, Maternal, and Birth Outcomes in Timor-Leste||Matern Child Health J, 2015|
|The Liga Inan Program: Putting health in the hands of mothers||Report, 2015|
|The Role of International NGOs in Health Systems Strengthening: The Case of Timor-Leste||Int J Health Serv, 2014|
|Survey of childhood malnutrition at Dili National Hospital, East Timor.||J Paediatr Child Health, 2006|
|East Timor in transition: health & health care.||Int J Health Serv, 2002|
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