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Global School-based Student Health Survey Results 2015 - Timor-Leste

Global School-based Student Health Survey Results 2015 - Timor-Leste

The Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS) 2015 is the first nationwide survey in Timor-Leste to provide a comprehensive data on various behavioural risk factors, including dietary habits, physical activity, mental health, tobacco and substance use, and sexual behaviours among adolescents. Adolescents (10–19 years) constitute a very important demographic and social group in Timor-Leste, representing almost one quarter (23.3%) of the total population. It is estimated that nearly one-third of the total burden of disease has its roots in adolescence.

The periodic data on the lifestyle of adolescents and the psychosocial environment in schools will be crucial in informing adolescent health policies and programmes. And as Timor-Leste implements various programmes and policies to improve nutritional status or curb various risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, these results will provide the baseline for evaluating the impact of those policies.

World Food Day celebration reaffirms high level commmitment to tackle food security and malnutrition in Timor Leste

World Food Day

On October 16th 2013, WHO joined the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, H.E. Taur Matan Ruak and senior political representatives in the celebration of ‘World Food Day’ in Mercado Lama Convention Centre, Dili. Under the theme ‘Healthy People Depend on a Healthy Food System,’ the event brought together individuals from grassroots community groups, Government Ministries, international organizations, UN agencies and development partners to show case their work and reaffirm their commitment towards improving nutrition and food security throughout the country.

First National Health Accounts Workshop held in Timor-Leste.

The First National Health Accounts workshop, organized by Ministry of Health and supported by WHO, was held between October 17th and 18th 2013 with all stakeholders in Hotel Ramelau, Dili. WHO Country Office Timor-Leste is supporting Ministry of Health to institutionalize National Health Accounts under the "EU-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership: Supporting policy dialogue on national health policies, strategies and plans and universal health coverage.

Ministry of Health announce plans to tackle neglected tropical diseases in Timor-Leste

Ministry of Health announce plans to tackle neglected tropical diseases in Timor-Leste

On October 17th, 2013, The Minister of Health, H.E. Dr. Sergio Lobo unveiled plans to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases, such as, Lymphatic Filariasis, Lumbriga and Yaws, and control worms infections in Timor-Leste by 2020. H.E. Dr. Sergio Lobo called on donor support from international agencies, development partners and NGO’s for the proposed Mass Drug Administration campaign to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases, which will commence in early 2014.

National Strategy for Prevention and Control of NCDs

PR National Strategy for Prevention and Control of NCDs

A “National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), Injuries, Disabilities and Care of the Elderly & NCD National Action Plan 2014-2018” has been developed with support from the "EU-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership: Supporting policy dialogue on national health policies, strategies and plans and universal health coverage." The strategy aims to reduce avoidable mortality, morbidity, risk factors, and costs associated with NCDs to promote well-being, improved development prospects in the country.

National Health Sector Strategic Plan 2011 - 2030

Strategic Plan 2011 -2030


A National Parasite Survey in Timor Leste

A National Parasite Survey in Timor Leste

One of the WHO recommended strategy to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is preventive chemotherapy, a large scale distribution of safe, quality drugs to entire population at-risk. Before implementing this, a baseline survey and mapping is needed to properly plan and design the program. Timor Leste, one of the newest countries in SEA Region, recently conducted the largest and most comprehensive survey of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and soil-transmitted helminth (STH) nationwide.

LF is a disfiguring disease caused by filarial worm that brings health, social and economic loss to people affected. STH infections, adversely affect child growth and development leading to negative impact on school attendance and education attainment. Both seriously impair lives of millions of people.

The survey is conducted by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with AusAID and WHO. From the findings presented in this report, the mass drug administration program conducted between 2005 and 2008 and the incorporation of LF and STH treatment programmes into national primary healthcare services has not been sufficient to interrupt transmission of LF and STH in Timor-Leste. Recommendations were formulated and actions to be taken in the short future.

Report on World AIDS Day Observation in Timor Leste 2012

Report on World AIDS Day Observation in Timor Leste 2012
Source : WHO Country Office for Timor-Leste

Timor Leste has a UN Theme Group (UNTG) on HIV/AIDS with members from various UN agencies UNICEF, UNMIT, UNFPA, UNESCO, and UNICEEF. WHO representative is the chair for this group and WCO is the lead agency in ensuring all UN activities towards control of HIV/AIDs is done in a coordinated manner. For the World AIDS 2012, the support form UN agencies were coordinated through UNTG for HIV AIDS. Resources were poled to address different component of the proposals that are submitted by the Medical association, NGOs and Ministry of Health.

UNFPA supported AMTL (Medical Association of TLS for open house and Quiz Bee on HIV which was conducted in AMTL campus, Sharis Hauras Communicade (SHC) carried out awareness on HIV in prison, Estrella, another NGO carried out Stigma and Discrimination Awareness in the community in Dili.

Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-30

Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-30

All Timorese should be proud not only of achieving our independence but also of the advancements we have made as a nation in such a short period. Unfortunately, it is common for countries emerging from conflict and fragility to take decades to achieve stability and sustained progress. Regrettably, many nations of the world, even after years of independence, still experience unrest, violence and disunity. Timor-Leste has also faced obstacles in our short history as a nation and we have lived through periods of strife. But as a nation and as a people we have made a shared commitment to peace and, in a spirit of national solidarity, we are moving together to develop our nation and secure our future. We are consolidating our democratic governance and building our State from the ground up. We are laying down a strong foundation for ongoing stability and security, and we are working hard to create new opportunities for all our people.

Country health profile: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE is situated on the eastern part of the island of Timor, the easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is bordered by the Wetar Strait to the north and the Timor Sea to the south. The western half of the island belongs to the Republic of Indonesia and is part of East Nusa Tengara province. Timor-Leste was a Portuguese colony from the early 16th century until 1975 and was occupied by Indonesia from 1976 to 1999. On 30 August 1999 the people of Timor-Leste voted over-whelmingly to become an independent nation, and the territory was subsequently placed under the administration of the United Nations (UN) in October 1999.

Biennial report : January 2000 – December 2001

Biennial Report

At the early stage during September 1999-January 2000, WHO together with UNICEF acted as a "Temporary Ministry of Health" coordinating health sector activities in East Timor. ICRC and fifteen International NGOs, together with military medical teams from International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) provided curative services to the general population.


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