21 June 2018

Child Survival and Development

Challenge, Malnutrition, child mortality, poor maternal health and hygiene practises, and limited access to water and sanitation affect families across Timor-Leste. In Timor-Leste, we work to ensure every child has access to nutrition, health and proper sanitation. Child mortality and limited childhood development are some of Timor-Leste’s major challenges.…, Why we need to make a change:, • One in two children in Timor-Leste under five years of age are stunted — one of the highest rates of stunting in the world. • One in 24 children in Timor-Leste will not live to see their fifth birthday.  • 38 per cent of children under five years of age are underweight. • Half the women in Timor-Leste do not give birth in a health facility. • 42…, Resources, Solution, A strong national health system can ensure survival, development and good health of all children in Timor-Leste. UNICEF works in partnership with the Ministry of Health to strengthen the health system both nationally and at the municipality level, with a strong focus on five priority municipalities: Ainaro, Covalima, Ermera, Oecusse and Viqueque.…, Capacity building of health care workers, UNICEF has been working with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to train health care workers and midwives to tackle maternal and newborn health issues, including malnutrition detection and management, management of diarrhoea and pneumonia cases and the safe delivery of babies. We support the Ministry to improve information management…, Reaching communities with nutrition needs, UNICEF provides equipment, supplies, training and infrastructure to deliver essential nutritional information, counselling, and support to under-five children, mothers, and adolescent girls. , Community-led health action, Low awareness prevents families from accessing health care. UNICEF supports the Ministry of Health by establishing volunteer-run Mother Support Groups in communities, which share information effectively and connect with service providers to improve costs for use., Water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH), Poor water, hygiene and sanitation practises spread diseases like diarrhoea, which are strongly linked to chronic malnutrition. UNICEF supports the Ministry of Health to provide access to clean water and basic sanitation through community-managed water and sanitation systems.  The Ministry of Health has set an ambitious but achievable goal of…, Policy development, UNICEF has supported the Ministry of Health in developing a National Nutrition Strategy and the community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Policy. We have provided technical assistance to the Government of Timor-Leste in the development and dissemination of a National Basic Sanitation Policy and WASH Sector Coordination Guidelines., Partnership and strategy development, UNICEF works to strengthen partnerships, coordination and management to support the implementation of nationally-defined nutrition, child health, water, sanitation and hygiene-related strategies.  Health partnership