The European Union and UNICEF announce measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Timor-Leste

06 April 2020
The European Union and UNICEF announce measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)                     in Timor-Leste
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2019/Monemnasi

6 April 2020. DILI. The European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced a range of measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Timor-Leste. The measures were announced by Andrew Jacobs, Ambassador to the European Union in Timor-Leste and Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative.

In the framework of the Partnership for Integrated Nutrition in Timor Leste, the European Union and UNICEF have agreed on a series of complementary measures, with a combined budget of USD 450,000, to support ongoing efforts by the Government of Timor-Leste to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

"The European Union is at the forefront of the multilateral response to the coronavirus crisis and in Timor-Leste is working alongside the Government, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation to ensure forceful and coordinated preventive action” said Andrew Jacobs, European Union Ambassador to Timor-Leste.  “The European union stands with the Government and people of Timor-Leste at this difficult time”.

With funding from the European Union, UNICEF will support the Ministry of Public Works and Ministry of Health in the reconstruction of basic water, sanitation and hygiene systems in public areas and health facilities in Dili, with potential expansion to Baucau municipality. UNICEF will also support the Ministry of Health’s work to strengthen awareness raising efforts at community level on necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Two videos promoting handwashing are already being aired on GMN TV under the collaboration between the European Union and UNICEF. In addition, and very importantly, through the Ministry of Health, some personal protective equipment (PPE) will be made available for health workers.  

“The COVID-19 pandemic must be stopped, and we are doing everything we can to support the Government in its determination to prevent its spread in Timor-Leste,” said Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative. “With support from the European Union, we are confident our ongoing efforts can be scaled up to address critical needs of populations, from the need for improved access to water in key public areas and health facilities, to getting lifesaving information to communities.” 

The implementation of all other elements of the five-year partnership between the European Union and UNICEF to improve maternal and child nutrition programmes will continue during this period.

“We will continue working with the Government of Timor-Leste on maintaining programmes to improve child and maternal nutrition, improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene services, routine immunisation, and child protection. We should not emerge from this pandemic and face another that could have been prevented, such as children falling ill from vaccine preventable diseases, or increased malnutrition,” said Ms.Taton.

For more information, please contact:
• Marina Rini, Communications Specialist, European Union in Timor-Leste, 
  Phone: +670-77082759, Email:  

• Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Timor-Leste (English)
  Phone: +670-77231103, Email:  

• Antonio Gomes, Communication Officer, UNICEF Timor-Leste (Tetum), 
  Phone: +670-77232441, Email:  



Uniaun Europeia ho UNICEF anunsia medida sira atu kombate propagasaun coronavirus (COVID-19) iha Timor-Leste

Dili, 6 Marsu 2020 – Uniaun Europeia ho Fundus Nasoins Unidas ba Labarik (UNICEF) anunsia ohin medida oin-oin ho finalidade atu prevene propagasaun coronavirus (COVID-19) iha Timor-Leste. Medida sira ne’e anunsia ona husi Andrew Jacobs, Embaxador Uniaun Europeia iha Timor-Leste ho Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste. 

Kuadru legal Parseria ba Nutrisaun Integradu iha Timor-Leste, Uniaun Europeia ho UNICEF konkorda ona kona-ba medida komplementar sira, ho orsamentu kombinadu USD 450.000, ba apoiu esforsu sira halao hela husi Governu Timor-Leste atu prevene propagasaun COVID-19.

“Uniaun Europeia hamrik iha liña oin atu ba hatan krize coronavirus multilateral no iha Timor-Leste servisu hamutuk hela ho Governu, UNICEF no Oragizasaun Mundial Saúde atu garante asaun preventiva forte sira no kordenadu” dehan Andrew Jacobs, Embaxador Uniaun Europeia iha Timor-leste. “Uniaun Europeia hamrik hamutuk ho Governu no povu Timor-Leste iha tempu ida difisil ne’e.”  

Ho fundus husi Uniaun Europeia, UNICEF sei apoia Ministeriu Obras Públika no Ministeriu saúde iha konstrusaun sistema baziku bee, saneamentu no ijiene iha area públika sira no fasilidade saúde sira iha Dili, ho potensial espansaun ba munisipiu Baucau. UNICEF mós sei apoia Ministeriu Saúde nia servisu atu reforsa esforsu konsientizasaun iha nivel komunidade-nian ba medida nesesaria sira atu prevene propagasaun COVID-19. Video rua kona-ba promosaun fase liman fó sai hela ona iha GMN TV liu husi kolaborasaun entre Uniaun Europeia ho UNICEF. Alende ne’e buat ida importante liu mak liu husi Ministeriu Saúde Ekipamentu Protesaun Pesoal (EPP) balun sei desponivel ba profesional Saúde sira.    

“Pandemia COVID-19 ne’e tenke hapara ona, no ita halao buat hotu hamutuk mak ita bele atu apoia Governu iha nia determinasaun hodi prevene propagasaun iha Timor-Leste,” dehan Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste. “Ho apoiu husi Uniaun Europeia, ita fiar-an katak ami nia esforsu sira halao hela ne’e bele makaas liu tan hodi atende populasaun sira-nia nesesidade sira, husi nesesidade ba melloramentu asesu ba bee iha area xave públika sira, hodi hetan informasaun salva-vida nian ba komunidade sira.”

Implementasaun ba element hirak seluk husi parseria ba tinan lima entre Uniaun Europeia ho UNICEF atu hadi’ak programa nutrisaun maternal no infantil sei kontinua iha períudu ne’e.  

”Ita sei kontinua servisu hamutuk ho Governu Timor-Leste ba manutensaun programa melloramentu nutrisaun maternal no infantil, melloramentu asesu ba bee, servisu sira ba saneamentu no ijiene, imunizasaun rutina no protesaun labarik. Ita sei la se’es husi pandemia ne’e no hasoru buat seluk saida deit mak bele prevene, hanesan labarik sira hetan moras mak bele prevene husi vasina, ka malnutrisaun aumenta,” dehan Sra. Taton.  

Ba informasaun detallu, favor kontaktu:
• Marina Rini, Communications Specialist, European Union iha Timor-Leste, 
  Phone: +670-77082759, Email:  

• Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Timor-Leste (English)
  Phone: +670-77231103, Email:  

• Antonio Gomes, Communication Officer, UNICEF Timor-Leste (Tetum)
  Phone: +670-77232441, Email:   

Media contacts

Rukshan Ratnam
Communication Specialist (English)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821


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