DILI, 05 may 2022 (TATOLI)- U.S. Charge d’ Affaires Tom Daley and USAID Mission Director Zema Semunegus join the representative from local non-governmental organizations and the Ministry of Health to launch the Heath Advocacy Network of Timor – Leste (REBAS- TL).
The U.S Charge d’Affaires Tom Daley congratulates the members of REBAS-TL for coming together to create this Health advocacy network, adding that the U.S will continue to support TL to strengthen health security in TL.
“I would like to congratulate the members of REBAS- TL for coming together to create this important health advocacy network, we are proud to support local NGOs to advocate for better health outcomes for all Timorese people. The United States will continue to stand with Timor – Leste as a friend and partner as we work to strengthen health security and improve the well–being of communities across Timor – Leste,’’ U.S. Charge d’ Affaires Tom Daley told reports in Timor Plaza, Comoro, Dili on this thursday.
REBAS- TL‘s launch was supported by the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the $ 15.6 million USAID Health System Sustainability Activity. USAID provided technical assistance and facilitated a series of workshops that led to the creation of REBAS – TL.
The U.S. Mission to Timor – Leste through the U.S. Agency for International Development will contribute nearly $92 million between 2021 and 2025 to strengthen Timor – Leste‘s economy and good governance. Since Timor – Leste‘s independence, the United States has contributed more than $ 250 million to support inclusive and peaceful development, leading to a more prosperous, healthy, and self-reliant Timor – Leste.
The Interim Director of FONGTIL, Elisabeth Lino Araujo, informed us that the creation of REBAS- TL is aimed to conduct the coordination line between the partners and the Ministry of Health (MoH) in doing the advocacy of health for the people of Timor – Leste.
“Today we are together with USAID and MoH to launch the REBAS – TL in Timor – Leste, with this creation of REBAS- TL, Timorese Civil Society will work together with the partners and MoH to conduct the health advocacy across Timor – Leste to find the solution,’’ said the interim Director of FONGTIL, Elisabeth Araujo.
Elisabeth Araujo added that Timorese Civil Society has an important role in Timor – Leste, thus, with the presence of REBAS- TL, NGOs Forum and its partners will work maximally on the health advocacy to conduct the better coordination with MoH to overcome the health issue in Timor – Leste.
The priority of health advocacy that RABES –TL will do are complicated disease, maternity health, infantile health, malnutrition, control the imported quality food from overseas, tobacco control, adolescent sexual reproductive health, physical health, mental health, clean water and sanitation, environmental health, policy, law and the Ministry of Health‘s plan, health finance management and human resources.
At the same place the Vice Minister of Health Bonifacio Maucoli, through the Ministry of Health appreciated the creation of REBAS- TL, because with the presence of REBAS – TL, MoH, and REBAS will work together to increase the assistance of Health System Quality to Timorese People.
“MoH is proud because Timorese Civil Society is willing to work together in doing the health advocacy, with the creation of REBAS – TL will complete each other to serve the Timorese people in Heath sector to decrease the number of deaths in Timor – Leste,’’ said Bonifacio Maucoli.
Malcolm at this point thanked the USAID for always supporting the health sector in Timor-Leste, an NGO forum and partners partner which had launched the REBAS – TL to work together with MoH in doing the activities of health advocacy network in Timor – Leste.
The REBAS- TL is a new network designed to elevate the priorities of local health NGOs and engage the government of Timor – Leste to secure inclusive, equitable, and quality health services for the Timorese people.
REBAS-TL will bring together the 44 health NGOs registered under the Forum Organization of Timor – Leste (FONGTIL) to exchange information and ideas to advance the health and well-being of communities across Timor – Leste.
Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor : Nelia Borges