Ministry of Health inaugurates data gathering process for the Timor-Leste Food and Nutrition survey 2020

05 June 2020
Ministry of Health inaugurates data gathering process for the Timor-Leste Food and Nutrition survey 2020
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2020/Ceu

Survey will provide information on nutritional status of children in Timor-Leste 

DILI, 3 June 2020 – The Ministry of Health, today, inaugurated the process of gathering data and information for the Timor-Leste Food and Nutrition Survey 2020. The results of the survey will help the Ministry and partners understand the current situation related to the nutrition of children under five and will help improve planning and implementation of initiatives to increase the nutritional status of children. The nutrition survey is being supported by UNICEF with support from the European Union and the World Food Programme (WFP) with funding from KOICA.

The process was inagurateded in Villa Verde, Aldeia Guideon in Dili Municipality by H.E. Jose Smith, the Vice President of Authority Dili Municipality; Dra. Odete Da Silva Viegas, Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health; Andrew Jacobs, European Union Ambassador; Valerie Taton, UNICEF Representative; Dageng Liu, WFP Representative; and Sikhyon Kim, Country Director of KOICA.

“The country’s development is at stake when the nutrition of its children is compromised, either through the lack of nutritious food, or poor intake” said Dra. Odete Da Silva Viegas, Director-General of Health Services. “This survey will help us understand the situation of child nutrition and see if we have made progress or not.” 

The nutrition survey will take place between 4 June and 4 September 2020. During the survey, 64 of enumerators will visit 12,740 households across the country, gathering information on anthropometry, feeding practices, water sanitation and hygiene, food security and health and nutrition seeking behaviour. These findings will be analysed and evaluated by the Ministry of Health. Preliminary results are due to be released by mid Sepetember 2020.

The last food security and nutrition survey was conducted in 2013, which showed that one in two children in Timor-Leste under five years of age are stunted — one of the highest rates of stunting in the world. 

"Too many children are not getting the nutritious food and the healthcare they need. This undermines their capacity to grow, develop and learn to their full potential. It damages not only children themselves but has a negative impact on society. Today, I am proud to launch the nutrition data collection process together with the “trained enumerators” who will provide important information on the nutritional status of Timorese children and their mothers.  I am keen in particular to learn of the impact of the work done to fight malnutrition by the Ministry of Health and other Government departments with the support of the European Union, UNICEF and others. Our partnership is designed to improve the wellbeing and nutritional status of the population”, said Andrew Jacobs, EU ambassador to Timor-Leste

UNICEF provides wide ranging support to nutrition programming in Timor-Leste. This includes the promotion, protection and support for breastfeeding, complementary feeding, treatment of wasting, micronutrient supplementation and fortification, and raising awareness across the country on how parents and caregivers can ensure children get nutritious food, or seek medical assistance when required. 

“Malnutrition is the hidden emergency that affects children. If we do not know the scope of the problem and address it early enough in a child’s life, it can have a devastating impact on children and their future,” said Valerie Taton, UNICEF’s Representative in Timor-Leste. “It is why UNICEF is supporting this important initiative to assess the impact of malnutrition in children.”

Globally, statistics have shown that nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 can be attributed to undernutrition.  Malnutrition stunts children’s growth, deprives them of essential vitamins and minerals, and makes them more susceptible to disease.

For more information, please contact:
European Union:
Marina Rini, Comunikasaun: +670770 82759; 

Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist: +670 77231103; (English)
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer: +670 77232441; : (Tetum)



Ministeriu Saúde inagura prosesu rekolla dadus ba peskiza Aihan no Nutrisaun Timor-Leste 2020

Peskiza sei fornese informasaun kona-ba estatutu nutrisional husi labarik sira iha Timor-Leste

DILI, 3 Juñu 2020 – Ministeriu Saúde inagura ohin loron prosesu rekolla dadus no informasaun ba Peskiza Aihan no Nutrisaun Timor-Leste 2020. Rezultadu peskiza ne’e sei ajuda Ministeriu no parseiru sira kompriende situasaun atual relasiona ba nutrisaun labarik sira tinan lima mai kraik no sei ajuda hadi’ak planu no implementasaun husi inisiativa sira hodi hasa’e labarik sira-nia estatutu nutrisional. Peskiza nutrisaun ne’e apoia ona husi UNICEF ho apoiu husi Uniaun Europeia no Programa Mundial Aihan (WFP) ho fundus husi KOICA.  

Prosesu ne’e inagura ona iha Vila Verde, Aldeia Guideon, Munisipiu Dili husi Jose Smith, Vice Prezidente Autoridade Munisipiu Dili, Dra. Odete da Silva Viegas, Diretora Jeral Prestasaun Servisu Saúde, Ministeriu Saúde, Andrew Jacobs, Embaxador Uniaun Europeia, Valerie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF no Dageng Liu, Reprezentativa WFP no Sikhyon Kim, Country Director husi KOICA.

“Dezenvolvimentu país ne’e iha risku wainhira nia labarik sira-nia nutrisaun komprometida, karik kuran aihan nutritivu, ka falta injestaun” dehan Dra. Odete da Silva Viegas, Diretora Jeral Prestasaun Servisu Saúde. “Peskiza ne’e sei ajuda ita kompriende labarik nia situasaun nutrisaun no haree karik iha ona progresu ka lae.”

Peskiza nutrisaun ne’e sei halo entre loron 4 Juñu no 4 Setembru 2020. Durante peskiza ne’e, inumerador 64 sei vizita uma-kain 12.740 iha país laran-tomak, rekolla informasaun kona-ba antropometria, pratika fó han-nian, bee, saneamentu no ijiene, seguransa aihan no saúde no hahalok buka nutrisaun. Rezultadu peskiza sira sei halo analize no evaluasaun husi Ministeriu Saúde. Rezultadu preliminariu sei divulga iha meadu fulan Setembru 2020.

Peskiza ikus kona-ba seguransa aihan no nutrisaun halo iha 2013, ne’ebe hatudu katak labarik ida husi nain 2 tinan lima mai kraik iha Timor-Leste raes-badak – ne’e mak taxa aas-liu husi raes-badak iha mundu.  

“Labarik sira barak mak la hetan aihan nutritive no kuidadu saúde nesesaria. Ne’e prejudika sira-nia kapasidade kresimentu, dezenvolve no aprende iha sira-nia potensia tomak. Ne’e laos estraga deit labarik sira-nia aan maibe ne’e impaktu negativu ba sosiedade. Ohin loron, hau orgullu atu lansa prosesu rekolla dadus nutrisaun ho “inumerador formadu sira” ne’ebe sei fornese informasaun importante kona-ba labarik Timor-oan sira-nian ho sira-nia inan sira-nia estatutu nutrisaun. Hau partikularmente intersadu atu hatene impkatu husi servisu realiza ona hodi konbate malnutrisaun husi Ministeriu Saúde ho departamentu governu sira seluk ho apoiu husi Uniaun Europeia, UNICEF ho sira seluk. Ita nia parseria dezignadu atu hadi’ak populasaun sira-nia moris di’ak no estatutu nutrisional,” dehan Andrew Jacobs, Embaxador Uniaun Europeia ba Timor-Leste.

UNICEF fornese apoiu bo’ot tebes ba programa nutrisaun iha Timor-Leste. Ne’e inklui promosaun, protesaun no apoiu fó susu-been inan, aihan komplementaria, tramentu desperdisu, suplementasaun mikronutriente no fortifikasaun no konsientizasaun iha país tomak kona-ba oinsa inan-aman sira no kuidador sira bele garante labarik sira hetan aihan nutritivu, ka buka asistensia medika wainhira presiza.

“Malnutrisaun ne’e emerjensia ida subar hela mak afeta ba labarik sira. Karik ita la hatene kona-ba nia problema no rezolve ho lalais iha labarik nia siklu moris, ne’e bele iha impaktu desvastador ba labarik sira-nia futuru,” dehan Valerie Taton Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste. “Tanba ne’e mak UNICEF apoia hela ona inisiativa importante atu avalia impaktu husi malnutrisaun ba labarik sira.” 

Globalmente, estatistika hatudu ona katak besik metade husi labarik tinan lima mai kraik sira-nia mate bele tanba desnutrisaun. Malnutrisaun atraza labarik sira-nia kresimentu, halakon vitamina no mineral esensial sira, no halo sira vulneavel-liu ba moras.


Ba informasaun detallu, favor kontaktu:
Uniaun Europeia:

Marina Rini, Comunikasaun: +670770 82759; 

Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist: +670 77231103; (English)
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer: +670 77232441; : (Tetum)


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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