Nutrition program

Fighting malnutrition by upskilling nutrition specialists

One in two children under 5 in Timor-Leste are stunted by malnutrition

Timor-Leste child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world.

Through education and support, Timor-Leste has done amazing work in halving the child malnutrition rate in the last 20 years.

However there is more work to be done. One in five children presenting to Timor-Leste’s community health centres have moderate to severe malnutrition.

The health of pregnant women also affects the health of their babies, with 23% of women of reproductive age (15 – 49 years) are anaemic due to malnutrition.

Malnutrition lowers the immune systems and increases the risk of infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis.

What are we doing?

Upskilling nutrition specialists

We host regular nutrition networking events that allow upskilling and peer learning of nutrition workers. 

One of the key challenges when it comes to nutrition in Timor-Leste is finding culturally appropriate ways of nutrition education. 

By facilitating these evenings we enable nutrition specialists to share the most effective strategies for combating malnutrition.

In 2022 we:

Held 4 networking events for nutrition specialists

Strengthening the malnutrition referral system

We identified that severe cases of malnutrition that were sent to hospital weren’t always getting the ongoing treatment needed.
We work with the Ministry of Health, Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) and five Community Health Clinics to strengthen the referral and follow up system for children at risk of or suffering from malnutrition.

This ensures that children get the ongoing treatment and support needed to recover completely and decrease relapse.

In 2022 we:

Referred 63 children with severe malnutition

Latest Nutrition News

ASTEROID project

Sitting down with Dr Jeremy

Last month, Maluk Timor was lucky to have a visit from some of the Australian Board and some volunteers to our office in Dili.  Dr

Who we work with on this program?

Timor-Leste Ministry of Health
Little Lives
Nick Francourt - Paediatrician & Health Systems Epidemiologist

The nutrition team


Sanjay Mathew

Grant and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
I work with oral health, nutrition and operations at MT. The words that I would like to use to describe the work I do are brave, intense, significant, exciting and ridiculous.

How your donation helps

A little goes a long way to improving health in Timor-Leste
Run a referral pathway project

$45 p/m

in 12 months

covers the cost of running a referral pathway project in a community health centre.

Nutrition Networking Meeting

$113 p/m

in 12 months

covers the cost of running a nutrition networking meeting.

Nutrition Training Video



covers the production cost of a high-quality nutrition training resource.