CWS Asia


Timor-Leste

Leslie (left), CWS Asia Regional Director, visiting a project site in Timor Leste. Photo: CWS

Filomena dos Santos and her daughter. With the support from CWS project, Filomena and her family have learned how to raise chickens in a coop,. Photo: CWS

Community members line up to receive their daily water rations (in Timor-Leste). Photo: CWS

Overview

As of 2018, the new focus of CWS work in Timor-Leste is a cross-border initiative with West Timor, Indonesia: Timor Zero Hunger. The project is designed with the clear goal of addressing the complex problem of hunger and malnutrition, especially stunting. Specifically, Timor Zero Hunger uses a multi-sector approach to increase the availability and consumption of nutritious foods with a priority aim to reduce hunger and malnutrition among young children.

Based on known best practices, the initiative integrates agriculture and nutrition with livelihoods, water and sanitation improvement efforts to address broader contributors to malnutrition. Timor Zero Hunger is designed to contribute to achieving United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge in Timor-Leste and the collective goals of the 1,000 Days partnership. While Timor-Leste is very far away from reaching these goal, and its Sustainable Development Goals related to poverty, hunger and malnutrition, CWS is committed to continuing our long-standing partnership with the Timorese government and people.

In late 2018, CWS will transition leadership of a years’ long partnership with the country’s defense forces (army-navy) to educate soldiers, sailors, their family members and neighbors about the facts and risks of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. As of next year, the effort, which has been generously funded with United States Department of Defense HIV Prevention Program funds, will be fully led by the Forças de Defesa de Timor Leste (F-FDTL) and will continue building on the CWS legacy of foundational work with people living with HIV/AIDS and support for creation of the national NGO, Esperança.

Latest News

Reaching a Remote and At-Risk Community with HIV-AIDS Information

CWS Timor-Leste | May 8, 2017

Recently the CWS Timor Leste team traveled with a national army (F-FDTL) colleague to remote and isolated Oecusse to share HIV information with F-FDTL personnel stationed there. Though part of Timor Leste, Oecusse is surrounded by Indonesia and can only be reached by boat from Dili (or by air or overland through Indonesia). This isolation […]

We Monitor and Evaluate … To Improve Our Efforts

CWS Timor Leste | April 3, 2017

Expecting 20 people at most to join a Monitoring & Evaluation training workshop recently, CWS staff in Timor Leste were pleased to welcome 25 and to hear Corporal Salvador do Santos, who is a medic in the national army (F-FDTL), talk about why he and others joined the workshop. “In fact, I have never had […]

Peer Teaching-Learning for HIV Education, Testing and Counseling Expands

CWS Timor Leste | March 15, 2017

Dr. Fransisco da Costa is one of two doctors assigned to the Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL) small naval unit in Hera, which is a town about 30 minutes outside Timor-Leste’s capital city, Dili. Both doctors recently joined CWS-supported workshops about HIV counseling and testing (HCT) as well as diagnosing and treating other sexually transmitted infections (STI). […]

“We need correct information to protect ourselves”

CWS Timor Leste | February 17, 2017

In January the CWS Timor Leste team went to Bobonaro District on the country’s western border with Indonesia for an information session with F-FDTL members stationed there. In earlier postings, Sergeant Ernesto A. da Costa, the current Bobonaro commander is very familiar with the CWS HIV prevention program and said, “I have learned a lot […]

Timor-Leste Team Hosts U.S. HIV Education-Prevention Project Donors

CWS Timor Leste | January 30, 2017

CWS Program Manager Odete Peloy and her team welcomed two staff from the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in early January, 2017, so they could meet, first hand, with the team working to reduce HIV infection and to address related health and behavior issues, within the national army. Commander Mark Johnson, MD, […]

National Army Reaches a Key Milestone In Addressing Health Risks for Soldiers

CWS Timor-Leste | January 11, 2017

In an important milestone event for Timor-Leste’s nation army (F-FDTL) its own doctors facilitated an HIV-STI education-information workshop along with HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) for about 100 people at its Metinaro training base near Dili. A key participant in the day’s activities was the base commander Lieutenant Colonel Benedito Dias Quintas, who was fully […]

Marie Stopes International Staff Join CWS Team Members to Support Key Army Personnel in Learning More About STIs

CWS Timor Leste | December 4, 2016

In recent years CWS has educated and supported a number of Timor Leste’s national army (F-FDTL) personnel in HIV testing and counseling (HTC) work; and now the F-FDTL has established an HTC center at the Metinaro training base near Dili, the country’s capital. Dr. Paul Dos Santos is a doctor at the base and a […]

One Timor-Leste Soldier’s Call To Help Stop HIV Infection

CWS Timor Leste | November 13, 2016

Sergeant Luis da Costa is the commander of a 15-person Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL) post in Becora, a neighborhood in Dili. Since it is such a small post, not all personnel have had a chance in the context of CWS partnership with the army, to join in HIV and STI awareness-raising activities – and, importantly, to […]

IEC materials to improve 200+ students’ knowledge about HIV-AIDS and other STI risks

CWS Timor Leste | October 12, 2016

Recently the CWS Timor-Leste team received an unexpected visitor – a woman on a mission. Literally! Sister Julia Shideler stopped in our Dili office in search of information-education-communication (IEC) materials about HIV prevention. Born in Oakland, CA, Sister Julia is a Roman Catholic Maryknoll missionary who has worked in Timor-Leste for the last 9 years. […]

HIV testing and counseling

CWS Timor Leste | September 9, 2016

Recently a Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL) medical team, accompanied by senior officers responsible for operations and human resources, visited Jakarta to learn about Indonesia’s experience with HIV prevention, treatment and care in its military. The delegation visited local NGOs, Angsa Merah and Karisma, to see ‘best practice’ HIV testing and counseling, including how to inform clients […]

Dr. Anacleto Soares on becoming a Master Trainer

CWS Timor Leste | April 30, 2016

Dr. Anacleto Soares, 32, is a doctor at the Timorese army (F-FDTL) training base in Metinaro, about an hour outside Dili, which is the capital of Timor-Leste, which he left in 2003 to go to medical school in Cuba. He has recently returned and, surprisingly, at a recent workshop he told our CWS colleagues, “When […]

Change thought after HIV education session

CWS Timor Leste | March 28, 2016

“We thought that HIV infects someone because God is angry.”, said Mr. Alcino Araujo, the head of Teki-Teki Surikmas neighborhood near the headquarters of the Timorese armed forces in Dili. After joining the HIV education session, which was held for neighbors of army installation, he was relieved to know otherwuse. “We have manyyoung men and […]

HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) workshop

CWS Timor Leste | February 28, 2016

Among the participants in this month’s HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) workshop was Second Lieutenant Anabela da Cruz, a doctor with the Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL). “When I returned from medical school in Cuba in 2012,” she said, “I was happy to hear about CWS support for HIV prevention in my country. As a doctor I […]

Annual review of successes and challenges, plus planning for 2016

CWS Timor Leste | January 20, 2016

Recently our small CWS team in Timor Leste met with key HIV-AIDS education and prevention project partner, the national army (F-FDTL), for our annual review of successes and challenges, plus planning next steps and activities for 2016. CWS colleagues received positive feedback regarding our successful joint 2015 World AIDS Day event, and meeting participants agreed […]

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