Summary of WFP assistance
Poverty, food insecurity and under-nutrition remain widespread in Timor-Leste, with 41 percent of the population living below the national poverty line 1 and over half food insecure. The Mother and Child Health and Nutrition – Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) aims to treat Moderate Acute Malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months and malnourished pregnant women and nursing mothers, while building the capacity of the Ministry of Health.
TSFP for children has commenced in the three priority municipalities of Bobonaro, Covalima and Oecussi. WFP staff have been imbedded within Ministry of Health structures both at the national and municipal level to provide on-the-job training and contribute to capacity development.
Additional joint supervisory visits comprised of national level Ministry of Health and WFP staff have occurred to address specific challenges— from low participation rates in certain health posts to high default rates in others. All 70 operation health posts in the three municipalities were reviewed within the reporting period.
A combined donor (EU)/government (National Authorizing Office) field mission also took place in May which examined the EU funded Integrated Nutrition Project implemented by WFP and UNICEF. In addition WFP management met with the new Minister and Vice Minister of Health who expressed appreciation of WFP’s eWin (tablet based Monitoring and Evaluation) pilot. This system allows real-time gathering and analysis of programme performance and outcome data.