Nearly 34,000 Timorese people at risk of poor well-being

Nearly 34,000 Timorese people at risk of poor well-being

Vice Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Signi Chandrawati Verdial (Photo Tatoli/Egas Cristovao)

DILI, 02 june 2023 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion (MSSI) launched Timor-Leste’s State of Well-being Report.

Deputy Minister of Social Solidarity, Signi Chandrawati Verdial, said the data from the Well-being Report will be used by the government, development partners and NGOs to design strategies and programs to protect citizens from economic risks and life insecurities.

With data gathered from all municipalities, the report revealed that 33,993 Timorese are at risk of poor well-being.

According to the report, poverty is the main cause of poor well-being, with 6613 people from poor families experiencing poor well-being, followed by people with disabilities, who account for 6472.

Meanwhile, women with economic insecurity and people living in poor housing conditions came third and fourth, with 5656 and 5087 respectively.

The report showed that some 3439 abandoned elderly people are also at risk of poor well-being. Besides, 2606 people with chronic diseases also face the same problem.

In addition, the report revealed that some 084 children living at risk also exhibit poor well-being, including 897 adopted children, 671 children living in parental care, 413 victims of gender-based violence, etc.

Minister Chandrawati pointed out that the data would be used by relevant parties, especially the MSSI, to provide social protection services to vulnerable people in the country.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges


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