In the context of encouraging national and international interest in improving the health and nutritional status of women and children in Timor-Leste, the Alola Foundation is proud of its particular contribution to improving maternal and child health.
Infant mortality rates are still unacceptably high with 45 children out of every 1000 live birth failing to celebrate their first birthday. The data shows that infant mortality rate of rural are higher than in urban area which 61 deaths per 1,000 live births to rural areas compared to 42 deaths per 1,000 live births to urban areas.
More mothers needs to receive pre and post-partum care because the evidence shows that there were 57 percent women in urban areas access to pre and post-partum care and only 24 percent in districts. Malnourishment remains extremely high with 27 percent of women estimated to be malnourished; 45 percent of children under 5 underweight; and, 58 percent of children fewer than 5 identified with stunted growth. It has shown that infant and maternal mortality rate is higher in rural area than urban area. Considering to that, its Alola program activities have targeted to the remote area that having higher issue of maternal and child health.
Fortify the community member become critical with the deep awareness to contribute and taking the responsibility of Maternal and Child health issue within their communities are the strategies that adopted and applying by Alola in designing and implementing the activities in national and rural area. In addition, Alola has working through health facilities includes hospitals, community health centers, local health posts and, community group to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate across country.