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Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality and malnutrition in the world. Some of the major contributors to these are low use of health services for births and maternal care (including due to lack of transport), poorly equipped health facilities, undertrained health staff, low community level health knowledge, and poor nutritional intakes, particularly for children under five.
The overall goal of this project is to strengthen the capacity of sub-national and community health systems to lead sustainable, inclusive, accessible, and quality reproductive health and nutrition services for pregnant and lactating women, parents and caregivers, children under 5, and young people. It will focus on addressing the occurring issues of malnutrition, with special focus on children under five, pregnant and lactating women; maternal and child health (MCH) focusing on improving pregnancy care, post-natal care, child illness management; and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) targeting adolescent/youth of 15 – 24 years old.
Furthermore, the project will address capacity issues of the local health system, in order for them to lead the implementation of nutrition, maternal and child health and adolescent/youth SRH interventions, such as health workers capacity in the implementation of the community outreach services and the training and ongoing support to Community health volunteers (PSF) and Mother Support Groups (MSG). It will also focus on strengthening the capacity of health staff and health volunteers through training delivery, prioritizing topics such as Gender and Inclusion to improve an inclusive and quality access to health services. It further will address the issues of early or unwanted pregnancies and the limited knowledge of adolescent/youth (15-24) on sexual and reproductive health, socio-cultural taboos around talking about sex, pressure to marry early and have children. It will also aim to increase their knowledge on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and their ability to identify the signs and symptoms of different STIs, identify at least five actions of preventing early pregnancy, understanding of different contraceptive methods, and improved access to inclusive and quality health services. Additionally, it will also reinforce men/father’s involvement in MCH and nutrition, shared responsibilities in the household including caregiving, and decision makings on family planning and contraceptive use.
The project will be implemented in the following 10 villages in Manatuto Municipality: Fatuwaque, Aubeon, Barique, Manehat, Uma Boco, Sikone-Diloli, Fatumaquerec, Funar, Manelima and Sananain; and 10 villages in Lautem Municipality: Afabubu, Baricafa, Cotamuto, Lacawa, Luro, Wairoque, , Baduro, Euquisi, Ililai, Serelau.
Outcome 1 Pregnant & lactating women and male & female caregivers have improved knowledge, adaptive behaviors & practice on maternal and child health, and sustainable nutritional practices for children under five.
Outcome 2 Health service providers (CHC and HP's) and community leaders have improved capacity, attitude & resource allocation to lead the implementation of nutrition, maternal and child health and adolescent/youth reproductive interventions.
Outcome 3 Adolescents/youth have improved their knowledge on SRH, respectful relationships, and are able to make their own decisions about their relationship
Purpose of the Baseline Survey
The selected consultant will undertake summative baseline survey of ChildFund’s new Integrated Reproductive Health and Nutrition Intervention in Lautem and Manatuto Municipalities. The report should clearly indicate findings from each Municipalities.
The baseline survey will be conducted at this point of time because of the following reasons:
The objective of this survey:
The results of the survey will be used for:
Scope of the Baseline Survey
The baseline survey will take place in August 2022, which is in the first quarter of the first year (FY 2022-2023) of this 3-year long project (July 2022-June 2025). The survey will be conducted in all target Villages in both Lautem and Manatuto Municipalities, however the consultant should suggest an appropriate sampling methodology to reduce sample size and be representative of the target areas.
Selection Criteria for Consultant
At the minimum, the lead consultant must possess the following:
The Consultant must be available for distance (skype, zoom or MS Teams) and face-to-face meetings, as necessary, and in accordance with any COVID-19 restrictions.
The Expression of Interest should include:
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