United States Announces $500,000 Grant to UNICEF for Expansion of Joint COVID-19 Response Actions

04 May 2022
United States Announces $500,000 Grant to UNICEF for Expansion of Joint COVID-19 Response Actions
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2022/Monemnasi

04 MAY 2022. DILI, Timor-Leste – Today, the United States—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—announced a $500,000 grant to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to expand joint actions in support of Timor-Leste’s national COVID-19 response, including vaccine rollout.  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tom Daley made the announcement joined by UNICEF Country Representative Bilal Durrani. 

The additional $500,000 builds on existing U.S. support to UNICEF to expand COVID-19 response interventions, assist the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination rollout campaign, and continue essential maternal, newborn, and child health services.  Funding will improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities in 14 Community Healthcare Centers (CHCs); advocacy and awareness for vaccine uptake and COVID-19 prevention; and procurement of essential medical supplies to help the continuation of critical health services.  At least 500,000 people are expected to benefit from these interventions. 

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has worked side-by-side with the Government of Timor-Leste to provide over 200,000 Pfizer vaccines and over $6.4 million in critical assistance to fight COVID-19,” said Chargé Daley.  “We are proud to partner with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF to support Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 response and strengthen health security to prevent future pandemics.  Timor-Leste can continue to count on the United States as we work together to end the pandemic and jumpstart economic recovery.”  

To date, several hundred thousand people in five municipalities have benefited from COVID-19 response activities through the partnership between USAID, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Health.  This has been achieved through the improvement of WASH facilities in 20 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in five municipalities; awareness raising on COVID-19 prevention and vaccine uptake through advocacy meetings, deployment of social mobilization coordination personnel and door-to-door mobilization in four municipalities; and provision of handwashing devices and cleaning supplies in 15 health centers.  In addition, UNICEF has also commenced the process for WASH improvements in 14 additional CHCs and initiated the procurement of medical oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies for several CHCs.

“We welcome the funding that supports the national COVID-19 response, as it will help more children and families get the critical support they need, including access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in health centers, get vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive the treatment they need when ill,” said Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Minister of Health.  “This joint support from USAID and UNICEF will also help protect health workers as they provide healthcare services.”

UNICEF has been supporting Timor-Leste’s national COVID-19 response since early 2020, and has contributed to improving access to health services, including essential services for nutrition, routine immunization and healthcare for mothers and children, improving access to distance learning and safer schools, helping set up systems and expanding child protection and social protection interventions. 

“The partnership between USAID, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Health has resulted in people having access to clean water in a number of health centers, information on COVID-19 prevention and vaccines, and soon, health centers having additional medical supplies such as PPEs,” said Bilal Durrani, UNICEF Country Representative. “This funding will help expand the benefits of these critical interventions for hundreds of thousands more people in Timor-Leste as we work together to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 and other diseases, and help formulate a child-centered post-COVID recovery.”


Estadus Unidus Amerika anunsia doasaun $500.000 ba UNICEF hodi habelar asaun konjunta hasoru COVID-19

Dili, Timor-Leste, 04 Maiu 2022 – Estadus Unidus Amerika liu husi Ajensia Estadus Unidus ba Dezenvolvimentu Internasional (USAID sigle Inglés) – anunsia doasaun $500.000 ba Fundus Nasoins Unidas ba Labarik (UNICEF sigla Inglés) hodi habelar asaun konjunta ba apoiu atu hatan ba COVID-19 nasional iha Timor-Leste, inklui distribuisaun vasina sira. Enkaregadu Negosius Estadu Unidus Tom Daley anunsia hamutuk ona ho Reprezentante País UNICEF Timor-Leste Bilal Durrani.

$500.000 adisional bazeia ba apoiu mak iha ona husi Estadus Unidus nia apoiu ba UNICEF hodi habelar intervensaun sira hatan ba COVID-19, ajuda ba implementasaun kampaña vasinasaun hasoru COVID-19 no kontinuasaun servisu esensial sira saude maternal, neonatal no infantil. Fundus ne’e sei mellora asesu ba fisilidade bee moos, saneamentu, no ijiene (BESI sigla Tetun) iha Sentru Saude Komunitaria 14 sira (CHC sigla Inglés); advokasia no konsiensializasaun simu vasina no prevensaun COVID-19; no akizisaun suprimentu médiku esensial sira hodi ajuda kontinuasaun servisu saude krítiku sira. Maizumenus populasaun 500.000 mak sei benefisia husi intervensaun sira ne’e.  

“Hahú inisiu husi pandemia, Estadus Unidus servisu hamutuk ho Governu Timor-Leste hodi fornese vasina Pfizer doze 200.000 liu no asistensia krítiku atu kombate COVID-19 dolar millaun $6.4 liu, dehan Enkaregadu Daley. “Ami orgullu ba parseria ho Ministeriu Saude ho UNICEF hodi apoia Timor-Leste hatan ba COVID-19 no reforsa seguransa saude atu prevene pandemia sira iha futuru. Timor-Leste bele kontinua konta ho Estadus Unidus wainhira ita servisu hamutuk hodi hakutu pandemia no halais rekuperasaun ekonomia.”  

To’o iha momentu ne’e ema rihun atus balun iha munisipiu lima benefisia ona husi atividade sira hatan ba COVID-19 liu husi parseria entre USAID, UNICEF, no Ministeriu Saúde. Ne’e realiza ona liu husi melloria fasilidade BESI iha Sentru Saude Komunitaria 20 iha munisipiu lima; konsientizasaun kona-ba prevensaun COVID-19 no adosaun vasina liu husi enkontru advokasia sira, implementasaun kordenasaun mobilizasaun pesoal no mobilizasaun husi uma ba uma iha munisipiu haat; no provizaun instrumentu fase liman no soprimentu ijiene sira iha sentru saude 15. Nune’e mós, UNICEF inisia ona progresu melloramentu BESI iha Sentru Saude adisional 14 no inisia ona akizisaun konsentrador Oxijeneu médiku sira, ekipamentu protesaun pesoal, no soprimentu medikal sira seluk ba Sentru Saude Komunitaria sira.

“Ita agradese ba apoiu finansiamentu hodi hatan ba COVID-19 nasional, tanba sei ajuda liu labarik no familia sira hetan apoiu krítiku sira nesesita, inklui asesu ba fasilidade bee moos, saneamentu no ijiene iha sentru saude sira, hetan ona vasina hasoru CODID-19 no simu tratamentu wainhira sira moras,” dehan Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Ministra Saude. “Apoiu konjunta husi USAID no UNICEF sei mós ajuda proteje profesional saude sira iha medida prestasaun servisu saude sira-nian.”

UNICEF apoia hela ona Timor-Leste nia hatan ba COVID-19 nasional hahú inisiu 2020, no kontribui ona ba melloria asesu ba servisu saude sira, inklui servisu esensial ba nutrisaun, imunizasaun rutina no kuidadu saude ba inan no oan sira, melloria asesu ba aprendizajen distansia no eskola seguru sira, ajuda instala sistema sira no habelar intervensaun protesaun labarik no protesaun sosial sira. 

“Parseria entre USAID, UNICEF, no Ministeriu Saude rezulta ona ba ema nia asesu ba bee moos iha sentru saude barak, informasaun kona-ba prevensaun COVID-19 no vasina sira no iha tempu badak sentru saude sira hetan soprimentu adisional hanesan EPPs,” dehan Bilal Durrani, Reprezentante País UNICEF. “Finansiamentu  ne’e sei ajuda habelar benefisiu intervensaun krítiku sira ba ema rihun-atus iha Timor-Leste tanba ita servisu hamutuk hodi prevene surtu COVID-19 no moras sira seluk, no ajuda formula rekuperasaun pos-COVID-19 sentrada ba labarik sira 


Ba informasaun detaluu favor kontaktu:
Ministeriu Saude:

Ivo Ireneu da Conceicao Freitas, Head of Pillar 2 COVID-19 and Head of Administration and Public Relation, Ministry of Health: coniz_2005@yahoo.com, +670.77230143

Misaun Estadus Unidus iha Timor-Leste: 
Public Affairs Officer Tim Johnson at  JohnsonTA@state.gov, 7719 3389 (English), Media Specialist Rosario Maia at MaiaRG@state.gov, 7790 8209 (Tetum), and USAID/Timor-Leste Communications Team at diliusaiddocs@usaid.gov. 

Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist (English): rratnam@unicef.org; +670.77. 231.103.
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer (Tetun): angomez@unicef.org; +670.77.232.441

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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