ALOLA MILK Campaign 2015 has now finished

08 May 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

Timor-Leste (East Timor) is our closest neighbour and one of the poorest countries in the world. Women and children in Timor-Leste face huge challenges:

  • For every 1000 live births, 24 Timorese babies die compared to 2 Australian babies. The under-five mortality rate is 55 Timorese deaths compared to 4 Australian deaths, per 1000 live births
  • For every 100, 000 live births, 270 Timorese Women die giving birth compared to 6 Australian women
  • 78% of Timorese births are unattended by skilled health staff compared to 0.9% of Australian births 

But thanks to the efforts of organisations such as the Alola Foundation, the situation is steadily improving: 

  • Rates of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months have increased from 31% in 2003 to 52% in 2010
  • Children who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life are 14 times more likely to survive than non-breastfed children
  • The under-5 mortality rate decreased from 125 to 64 per 1000 live births between 2001 and 2009 - In the same period infant mortality fell from 88 to 44 per 1000 live births
  • Timor-Leste is one of the few countries on track to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal No. 4 to reduce under-5 mortality by two-thirds by 2015

Data sources: World Health Organisation - Key Country Indicators & the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, 2015

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