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, Youth & Adolescent Health/OVC, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

The USAID-supported Reinforce Basic Health Services Project (Reinforce) supports the Timorese government to improve the quality, availability, and use of maternal, newborn, child health, and family planning services.

Reinforce works with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and its National Institute of Health (INS) to deliver stronger health services nationally and in one "model" municipality, Covalima.


Reinforce is building the capacity of the INS to develop the skills of MOH service delivery staff. The INS is becoming a clinical training center with standardized clinical practice sites at the national level and is establishing – with support from Reinforce – the same center in Covalima. Reinforce also works with the MOH and the Municipality Health Services team in Covalima to improve the readiness of health facilities to provide quality services.


Reinforce promotes health care-seeking behavior at the community level in Covalima by working with the MOH and the Municipality Health Services to foster measurable behavior change in homes, communities, and among service providers.


Showcased in the model municipality, Covalima, service quality and community demand for services are expected to improve measurably.

· Timor-Leste will have more health workers who are skilled in maternal, newborn, and child health and family planning service delivery.

· The MOH and INS will be better equipped and able to support Timor-Leste’s health workers in providing quality care.

· Family health in Covalima will be improved, as measured through increased use of health services and improved health behaviors at the individual, family, and community levels.

· There will be an increase in the number of women who deliver at health facilities and expanded use of family planning and other high-impact maternal, newborn, child, and youth health services.

Successes and lessons learned from Covalima, as a model municipality, will be ready for replication across Timor-Leste.

Watch this educational video to encourage pregnant women in Covalima to deliver at health facilities


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