Thursday, July 16, 2015

Immunization campaign gaining momentum to protect children of Timor-Leste

Hera sub-district is half an hour drive from Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. Today’s morning is different than any other days for the inhabitants of this small township. The playground in front of the Hera Primary School is already full of children and parents. The presence of local popular singer brings festivity to the event.

Like many mothers, Flanita de Jesus (22) and Ilda de Carvalho (19) are also awaiting with their babies to receive free vaccines against diseases such as measles, rubella, and polio.

Dr Rui Maria de Araújo, the Prime Minster of Timor-Leste
 inaugurated the immunization campaign
by giving polio drops to a student in Hera, Dili.
© WHO Timor-Leste/2015/Kreidy
Dr Rui Maria de Araújo, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste inaugurates the immunization campaign by administrating an injection to a boy in presence of the Health Minister Dr. Maria do Céu Sarmento Pina da Costa, Education Minister Dulce de Jesus Soares, WHO Representative Dr. Rajesh Pandav, UNICEF Representative Desiree M. Jongsma and other dignitaries.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bringing good nutrition to the most in need

Malnutrition is a major concern in Timor-Leste with 50.2 per cent childhood stunting.  UNICEF is working with the most vulnerable families to combat malnutrition in partnership with the government and supported by the European Union. 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Defying the Odds, Dreaming Big

UNICEF staff interacting with Nina during a visit
to the shelter in Atabae, Bobonaro District
© UNICEF Timor-Leste/2015/Opinto
It is a rainy day in Atabae, a remote sub-district of Maliana District, which borders West-Timor. People are busy doing daily chores.  The scenario is not very different in the “Maria Tapo” shelter home situated on the outskirts of Atabae.

Nina*,12,  has just arrived from school along with other children. Her clothes are soaked from the rain but she smiles when she sees Jose Henrique, the Child Protection Officer who saved her from uncle’s house who used to routinely abuse her.

Coping with Natural Disaster: Building Resilience

Joao de Jesus Araujo, the eight-grade student of the Maumeta Basic Education Central School, Remexio of Aileu district attending emergency orientation session along with his classmates.
UNICEF Timor-Leste/Joao de Jesus
Mountainous village Maumeta of Aileu is two hours’ drive from Dili, capital of Timor-Leste. Inhabitants of this village are living with natural disaster as part of their life.

“Flood, strong wind, lightning and landslide are common disasters we face every year in our village,” says Zeremias Martin (14), while talking about natural disaster.

“It was mid-January 2015, when heavy rain and strong winds accompanied by lightning occurred in Maumeta village and lasted for a week. This is not something new for the villagers as our village is located at the mountain area. This time we are able to handle the situation better with support from my teachers, neighbours and fellow students; thanks to the training that we received on disaster risk reduction,” says Joao de Jesus Araujo, a 19 -year old, 8th-grade student of Maumeta Basic Education Central School, Remexio.

Nutrition project brings hope

Glorindo Pereira, 18 months with his mother Silvina da Silva (37 years old)
and his father Oscar BM Carmona (41 years old)
@UNICEF Timor-Leste/2015/Mpgoncalves
18-month-old Glorindos Pereira is playing on his mother’s lap. His smiles and playful face bring contentment to his parents. It is hard to believe that he was struggling for life only a month before. The memory of that night is still alive in Silvina da Silva’s (37), Glorindos’s mother’s mind.

Glorindos was suffering from a cold but his parents did not notice that the poor child was also suffering from a breathing problem. They thought it was a common illness of children of his age and that he would be fine. “All of a sudden, at night, I noticed something was seriously wrong, my baby was struggling to breath. At one point, I thought I am losing my baby,” says Silvina while sharing her experiences. Glorindos family lives in Rita-Bou village in Maliana and he is  his parents’ fifth child.