UNFPA and Assanami discuss investment in maternal and child health in Timor-Leste

UNFPA and Assanami discuss investment in maternal and child health in Timor-Leste


Dili, 07 august 2023 (TATOLI)– The United Nations Population Fund (UNDP) and Deputy Prime Minister for the Coordinating Minister for Rural Development (DPMCMRDA) discussed investment in the critical issue of maternal health in Timor-Leste.

The country representative of UNFPA in Timor-Leste, Pressia Arifin Cabo said it is a great moment to discuss with the Deputy Prime Minister, the investment of vital issues in service for pregnant women, new baby born, and youth and providing education for children.

“Essential for UNFPA to give access to healthy maternal facility and health services,”

According to Cabo, UNPFA has established 4 Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (BEmonc) centers in four municipalities such as in Dili, Ermera, Manu Fahi, and Atauru. It is required to provide more than 32 health facilities to complete 36 BEmonc centers across the territories of Timor-Leste.

“We will help to bring down the maternal mortality rate in Timor-Leste from 195 percent to 75 percent of mothers and new babies born,” Pressia Arifin Cabo said after meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Mariano Assanami Sabino at the Government Palance on friday.

Based on the 2022 population census, UNFPA access that 21.5% of Timorese populations aged 15-24 are young while more than 36.000 youth are illiterate and every year around 18 thousand youth are engaged in other employment of education.

Regarding this situation, the Deputy Prime Minister of RD, Mariano Assanami Sabino said it was very important to focus the discussion on investing in pregnant women and children as a new generation for this country.

The ninth constitutional government headed by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão gives importance to investment in mother and child to ensure the development of human resources in the country, adding that Timorese children are a new generation of the nation who will be fully responsible for the country’s sustainable development in the days to come.

“Timor children must have a healthy life and be smart and diligent people to ensure the country’s development,” said Assanami.

He appealed to all government and non-government institutions to focus investment on sectors important for the country’s development

“Timor-Leste has invested more than 1 billion USD through financial loans, but has only executed around 3 million in vital programs in education, clean water, tourism, economic development, and others,” he concluded.


Journalist: José Belarimno De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.


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