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Timor-Leste invites partners to support the government initiative of eliminating malnutrition

Timor-Leste invites partners to support the government initiative of eliminating malnutrition

DILI, 13 october , 2020 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste is officially becoming 62nd country to  joined the Global Movement for the Improvement of Nutrition (SUN Movement).

Timor-Leste’s membership aims to combat malnutrition, provide a relevant platform to learn from other countries as well as share experience and contribution to reducing malnutrition, both nationally and globally.

The focal point of the SUN Movement in Timor-Leste, Filipe da Costa (Image Tatoli)

The focal point of the SUN Movement in Timor-Leste, Filipe da Costa, said the objective of global movement which was stablished on 2010 was to improve the free vision of the world, to reducing hunger and malnutrition, thus Timor-Leste has great commitment to join this organization.

“Government is officially announcing ,Timor-Leste association in the SUN Movement as a member and introduce draft planning for multi-sectorial, to support all the efforts, to invite the partners  and supporting government effort to reduce mal nutrition as well as increasing the economy opportunity for Timorese people,” he said.

According to Filipe, the principle of supporting each as a member, demonstrates that everyone has the same right to access to the nutrition foods.

“SUM Movement, acknowledge many causes from mal nutrition, that needs the participation from all entities and people to work together to put in effort for development and implementing the sustainable solution,” he said

Representative of UNICEF, Valeria Taton

Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund,(UNICEF), Valérie Taton, representing the United Nations Coordinator in East Timor, Roy Trovedy, said that the SUN Movement represents a joint effort, led by each Government, to eliminate malnutrition.

She added, The United Nations in Timor-Leste is committed to supporting the Government’s effort to strengthen multisectoral coordination and the partnership that involves stakeholders on nutrition, as one of the core principles of the SUN Movement.

“As a member of the global movement, Timor-Leste can learn from the experience of other countries,” she said.

“By joining the SUN Movement, the Government of Timor-Leste recognizes that a balanced diet is a good investment for future generations in Timor-Leste. For this reason, the United Nations in Timor-Leste congratulate the Government for being part of the SUN Movement initiative”, Ms Taton said.

Minister of Health, Odete Maria Freitas Belo

The Minister of Health, Odete Belo, said that nutrition in Timor-Leste has been a public health problem, which is hit the highest rate in the Asia-Pacific-Region.

Following the Demographic and Health Survey data of 2016, there is 45% of children under five are victims of stunting, 24% are stunted and 6% have obesity problems.

The data also shows that about 40% of children suffer from anemia and less than 50% consume exclusive breast milk. Only 13% of children and young people aged 6 to 23 follow a recommended diet.

According to Ms. Belo, 27% of women suffer from malnutrition and 23% aged between 15 and 49 years of anemia.

Journalist: Antónia Gusmão

Editor: Julia Chatarina

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