Fundasaun Alola works to ensure healthcare for mothers, children and their families. Through funding received, we will focus on reducing maternal mortality in 12 villages in Oecusse district. This includes healthcare to deliver babies safely, awareness raising about family planning, safe delivery and available support, and improved nutritional status for children under 2 years. Fundasaun Alola is keen to ensure staff build skills and organisational strategy 2013-18 is well developed.
The health of women and children in Timor-Leste is arguably the biggest problem facing the government and others. They face difficulties to enjoy their rights in access healthcare. Alola had established 12 Mothers Support groups but has yet to cover Oecusse districts. Monitoring shows the main problem in Oecusse districts are the distance between health facilities and homes, lack of transport, maternal and child mortality and malnutrition. We seek to improve this for women and their children.
The project will work in communities and engage women and men in 18 village in Oecusse districts. Activities will include a monthly community discussion forum, film show on breastfeeding, safe motherhood, family planning in existing group, food complimentary feeding demonstration, regular opportunities for mothers to meet.
To ensure long term sustainability of Alola's work, we will organize a workshop with staff from the field, head office and others to develop a strong strategic plan.
Funding will expand our successful projects into regions as yet not able to access maternal and child heathcare support and knowledge. Maternal and infant mortality will be reduced. Women will be able to deliver at health facility and/or assisted by skilled birth attendants. Community awareness on family planning will increase. As an organisation, our longer term strategy will be addressed by all stakeholders to ensure we can continue to deliver vital services to families in Timor-Leste.