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Capacity Development for Health and Nutrition

Countries: Timor-Leste | Operations ID: 200770 | Operations type: Development Operation (DEV)

This operation has been modified as per budget revision 2 (see below)

This Development Project will focus on building the capacity of the Government of Timor-Leste in managing suplementary feeding through the Ministry of Health's Monther-and-Child Health and Nutrition programme. Thus, technical assistance and Government capacity development, with a strategy for hand-over of a sustainable food-based programme to the Government are key priorities. Through the capacity building focus, targeted boys and girls between 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women will benefit from the project.

Poverty, food insecurity and undernutrition remain widespread in Timor-Leste. 4 1 percent of the population lives below the national poverty line4 and half to three-quarters are foodinsecure. According to the recently compiled Timor-Leste Food and Nutrition Survey 2013 (TLFNS), a reduction of stunting from 58 percent to 50.2 percent and wasting from 19 percent to 11 percent has been recorded. The Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) will focus on further reducing malnutrition among boys and girls through management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition.

The project will run from January 2015 t o December 2016 and aligns with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework’s 2015-2019 cycle. The component considers hand-over to Government partners, and a possible extension of assistance beyond the programme end date will depend on the Government’s achievements, results from monitoring and evaluation, and the availability of resources.

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This BR 2 to the DEV 200770 proposes an extension in time of the project by 12 months, and an overall increase of the Timor Vita requirements by 328 MT, valued at USD438,800.