Maternal and Infant mortality in Timor-Leste, whilst better than 10 years ago, is still the worst in SE Asia and the Pacific.
In this developing nation, less than a third of babies are delivered by a trained health professional
59 of every 1000 children will die before reaching their fifth birthday – UNICEF
“Health-seeking behaviour is one of the major issues, reflected by a low utilization of health services for antenatal and postnatal care. Some factors for low utilization of health services include concern about the availability of drugs; availability of healthcare providers, especially female health providers; distance to health facilities; and concern about getting permission to go for treatment from husbands and other family members” – Obstacles to improved maternal health care in Timor-Leste, IRIN
We believe the key to improving maternal and infant health is to:
Encourage more mothers to see a health care professional during pregnancy (antenatal care)
If we provide antenatal care to expecting mothers, we can make efforts to remedy any solvable medical problems that may be found. Treatable problems in expectant mothers include low iron levels, malnutrition, TB and HIV.
Ensure mothers are attended to by a trained birth attendant during delivery
In Timor-Leste, many mothers experience significant barriers to a safe delivery including:
poor roads and infrastructure in this small country means getting to an appropriate health care service can be very difficult.
with poverty endemic, it is very common that mothers simply don’t have access to transport to health care services.
Poor Health Literacy
many mothers in Timor-Leste lack the required education to understand the benefits and importance of health care during maternity.
many mothers have a deep concern of being criticised or judged for their poverty and/or lack of education
BPC acknowledges these potential barriers and is renowned for enabling our patients to feel safe, respected and cared for at all times.
Every month Bairo Pite Clinic delivers
consultations with pregnant mothers
babies born under supervision