UNFPA Timor-Leste


Date: 05/05/2015
Published on May 5, 2015

Midwives, nurses, physicians and regional midwifery associations, including Dr. Lidia Gomes, Timor-Leste's APTL President join government and UN representatives from across Asia-Pacific to speak about the challenges and opportunities facing midwifery and the crucial role of midwives in the region.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Watch "SENHORA X" a short animated film telling the story of one unfortunate woman's journey through pregnancy and childbirth. In doing so, the film paints a picture of the dangers women are facing across the world, and our need to help them.

Hare "SENHORA X" ne'e breve filme animado nebe konta istoria viagem infeliz husi inan feton ida durante isin-rua no partu. Ho halo nune'e, filme ne pinta retratu ida kona ba perigu sira nebe inan-feton sira enfrenta oras ne'e dadaun iha mundo no ita hotu nia obrigasaun atu tulun sira. (Tetun)


Currently, 225 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy but are not using modern contraceptives, and tens of millions of women do not receive the basic pregnancy and delivery care they need to protect their health and that of their newborns. It would cost on average $25 per woman aged 15-49 to provide a package of essential sexual and reproductive health services to all women in developing regions each year. If all women received the essential sexual and reproductive health services they need, the number of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions would drop significantly, and:
• The number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes would drop by two-thirds
• Newborn deaths would drop by more than three-fourths
• Transmission of HIV from mothers to newborns would be nearly eliminated.

This video, and the research upon which it is based, were made possible by grants from UK aid, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNFPA. Findings and conclusions are those of the Guttmacher Institute and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the donors.


Marking World Population Day at the London Summit on Family Planning on July 11, Dr. Osotimehin committed UNFPA to helping nations ensure that every woman is free to exercise her right to access voluntary family planning.


Fistula is a childbirth injury caused by the lack of skilled attendance during prolonged, obstructed labour. The baby usually dies. The woman is left desperate, incontinent and ostracized. If every woman had access to adequate and timely care, we could end fistula. Don't close your eyes. We can end fistula. www.endfistula.org.