The Reinforce Basic Health Services Project (Reinforce) improved the lives of Timor-Leste’s citizens by strengthening the Ministry of Health’s ability to provide high-quality essential health services.
Reinforce worked with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Institute of Health (INS) to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. Through the INS, the project increased the number of certified clinical trainers and master trainers, leading to improved quality of care throughout the country.
Reinforce worked intensively in one remote municipality, Covalima, to model excellence in MOH service delivery and improved health. Our vision was that after five years, healthy families and communities in Covalima will be served by competent MOH service providers who receive consistent, high quality collaboration from MOH and INS experts.
Innovative work included the country's first family planning PSAs, youth reproductive health curriculum, and improved tools for health data use at the community level.
Watch this educational video, developed by Reinforce in partnership with the MOH, that encourages pregnant women to deliver at health facilities.