UNICEF hands over equipment and supplies to promote quality health services

12 March 2019
Health supplies for MoH
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2019/Helin

DILI, 12 March 2019: UNICEF hands over equipment and supplies to the Ministry of Health and its associated institutions as part of the capacity building support to ensure quality health services for children and mothers in Timor-Leste.

On behalf of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Odete da Silva Viegas, General Director of Health Service Delivery, received the equipment and supplies from Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative. The supplies include refrigerated vehicle, maternal, newborn and child health equipment, IT equipment and water testing kits.

“Every child has rights to survive and thrive,” said Valérie Taton during the handover ceremony. “The quality of health service is a precondition to tackle newborn and maternal death. The care must include support from a skilled health worker; a clean, well-equipped health facility; and access to a range of life-saving drugs and equipment. These things should not be out of reach,” she continued. “I hope, the equipment and supplies will greatly contribute to provide quality services for children and mothers.”  

Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Odete da Silva Viegas expressed her gratitude to UNICEF for this important support and highlights various initiatives undertaken by the government to ensure quality health services for children and mothers.   

Timor-Leste has made steady progress in the reduction of under-five mortality from 64 (per 1,000 live births) in 2010 to 41 in 2016; however, the newborn deaths reduced from 22  to 19 (per 1,000 live births) for a long period of time . UNICEF Timor-Leste procured the equipment and supplies with the financial support from the Gavi-the vaccine alliance and UNICEF. This equipment will significantly contribute to enhancing the capacity of the Ministry of Health and its associated institutions to deliver quality health services for maternal, neonatal and child.  

UNICEF has been working with the Ministry of Health to enhance the provision of quality health services and care for children and women. With the financial support from DFAT through UNICEF Australia, UNICEF Timor-Leste provided technical assistance to the Quality Assurance Cabinet of the Ministry of Health in 2018. This includes implementation of a systematic approach to strengthen health services at the national and local level for providing quality maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services through a continuous quality improvement process. The process has been introduced in two community health centres (CHC) in Ermera municipality and is currently expanding to Viqueque municipality. These equipment and supplies are part of the ongoing support to the Ministry of Health for maternal and newborn health care.

UNICEF also provided support for self-assessment of the Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) which was conducted jointly by the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF in three municipalities, RAEOA (Oe-Cusse) and SAMES using the global tools which were developed by UNICEF and WHO.

The assessment findings were shared with wider audiences today. The findings stressed the need for a detailed improvement plan for vaccine management.

For Further information, please contact:

Ministry of Health, Government of Timor-Leste
Ms. Isabel Gomes of Head of Maternal and Child Health Department, Ministry of Health
Phone: +670 7825 8530

Antonio Gomes, Communication Officer, UNICEF Timor-Leste (Tetum queries)
Phone: +670-7723 2441 Email: angomez@unicef.org
Arifa S. Sharmin, Chief, Communication Section, UNICEF Timor-Leste
Phone: +670-7723 1103 Email: assharmin@unicef.org (English queries)

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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