JSI began working in Timor-Leste in 2005 by supporting the Ministry of Health to expand effective newborn and child health interventions through two USAID-supported global programs (BASICS and IMMUNIZATIONbasics). Over the years, JSI has built a strong and trusting relationship with the Ministry of Health, helping to improve integrated health services, including maternal, child, and newborn health, immunization, malaria, nutrition, and family planning. JSI contributed to the shaping of Timor-Leste’s national child health policy with an emphasis on improving quality of care.
Currently, JSI manages the USAID-supported Reinforce Basic Health Services (Reinforce) Project, which is working with the Ministry of Health and its training arm, the National Institute of Health, to improve access to and availability of high-quality essential reproductive, maternal, child, and newborn health services, particularly in Covalima municipality.
Prior to the Reinforce project, JSI managed the USAID-supported Timor-Leste Health Improvement Project (TL-HIP), supporting the Ministry of Health to improve health services, particularly for maternal, newborn, and child health. TL-HIP worked closely with the Ministry of Health to improve planning, quality improvement processes, health promotion, use of data, and facility readiness to increase access to high-quality care.