Timor-Leste Reinforce Basic Health Services Project

Country: Timor-Leste

Client(s): USAID/Asia

Services: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Technical Assistance, Training, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Maternal Health, Newborn and Child Health , Youth & Adolescent Health/OVC

Drawing on its global capacity development expertise, JSI is working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Timor-Leste National Institute of Health (TL-NIH) to ensure it has the expert human resources and know-how to successfully and autonomously implement the country’s reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health strategy and related policies.

Through the project, JSI will develop one model municipality (one of 12 municipalities in Timor-Leste). The MOH selected Covalima municipality as the project focus. Data from the Timor-Leste Demographic and Health Survey 2009-10 (TL-DHS 2009-10) show particular challenges in infant and under-5 mortality in Covalima. By the end of the project, the MOH and the TL-NIH will be providing health workers across the country with continuous training in family planning, maternal, newborn, and child health, competency-based certification, and on-the-job support.

Through this project, Timor-Leste will increase the number of women who deliver at health facilities and expand the use of family planning and other maternal and newborn health services. This USAID-funded project will increase the government of Timor-Leste’s ability to consistently deliver responsive health services to the population and build upon more than ten years of JSI work with the MOH.

USAID’s Reinforcing Basic Health Services Project will mentor the next generation of Timor-Leste’s public health leaders, leaving behind a legacy of improved family planning, maternal, newborn, and child health services.


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