Timor-Leste

WFP Timor-Leste Country Brief, August 2017

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Highlights

  • From January 2015 to August 2017, a total of 42,816 children under the age of five years and 59,772 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition.

  • Since January 2015 – August 2017 331.83 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, and 162.760 mt of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food was distributed to 125 health facilities in six municipalities.

  • From January to August 2017, 104 health staff (39 men and 65 women) and volunteers were trained on nutrition, behaviour change and counselling.

Operational Updates

  • WFP supported the launch of Timor-Leste Strategic Review: Progress and Success in Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 undertaken by local non-governmental organization (NGO) the Centre of Studies for Peace and Development (CEPAD) and John Hopkins University in May 2017. The Strategic Review identified gaps and opportunities for the Government of Timor-Leste, communities and development partners to achieve zero hunger.

  • The National Strategic Review of SDG 2 has provided WFP with solid grounds for the preparation of a Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018-2020 that identifies WFP’s comparative strengths in key areas to support the Government’s vision, and contributes to the Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 in full alignment with the national road map for the SDGs.
    The CSP will be submitted for the WFP Executive Board’s approval in February 2018.

  • Building on the success of the pilot project in Dili, WFP supported the Timor-Leste Medical Supply Agency (SAMES) plans for the expansion of the online supply chain management system, mSupply. WFP’s support aims at strengthening SAMES’ capacity for more effective and efficient delivery of specialised nutritious food and general medical supplies to the priority districts – Ainaro, Covalima, Ermera and Bobonaro.

  • Between January and August 2017, 104 health staff and volunteers were trained on nutrition, behaviour change and/or counselling in Oecusse, Covalima, Dili and Ainaro.

  • WFP’s cooperating partners Alola Foundation and World Vision have conducted cooking demonstrations with the participation of 4,428 men and women in Covalima, Oecusse and Dili, and screened 26,000 children under five years of age for acute malnutrition.

  • From January to August, health staff provided 6,904 caregivers with nutrition education and information on how to prevent undernutrition in their children.

  • From January to August, WFP field staff jointly with the District Public Health Officer (DPHO) for nutrition conducted monitoring to health facilities and households to interview people enrolled in the programme. A total of 244 health facilities and 348 households were visited during this period. Two joint monitoring activities with the Ministry of Health/Nutrition Department staff and UNICEF were conducted in Ainaro and Covalima municipality to monitor the progress of the nutrition intervention including the programme for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition.
    Challenges

  • Post-distribution monitoring indicates that one third of health staff provide counselling only “occasionally or rarely” as part of the treatment of acute malnutrition.
    The programme will continue to provide training to health staff to improve the delivery of nutrition messages and provide counselling to caregivers and pregnant and nursing women as an integral part of the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition.