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Timor-Leste Health Improvement Project (HIP): Building Capacity to Improve Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning Outcomes


This technical brief details the holistic capacity building approach used by the Timor-Leste Health Improvement Project to achieve measurable impact in MNCH and FP outcomes. The brief provides illustrations of how HIP utilized capacity building approaches to develop and strengthen four key capacity building dimensions: health personnel, health systems, health organization, and the individual and community dimension.

These investments resulted in improved systems and individual capacity to increase the quality and utilization of health services. Sustained over time, improved health status at the population level can be achieved.

HIP’s flexible framework enabled the project to provide technical assistance through collaborative partnerships with the MOH and other key Ministry partners allowed the project to be responsive to the changing environment. When MOH priorities changed or emerged, HIP already had established relationships through which to be responsive.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Health Improvement Project, known locally as HADIAK, as part of the overall U.S. Government package of assistance to Timor-Leste. HADIAK was a technical assistance project supporting the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the areas of maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) and family planning (FP) programming. Implementation focused on the municipalities of Ermera, Manatuto, and Oecusse. JSI, 2015.

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