Alola Milk Campaign 2013 has now finished

01 Aug 2013 - 30 Sep 2013

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

  • 1 in 16 Timorese children die before their 5th birthday, compared to 1 in 200 Australian children
  • 42% of Timorese women who died in the 15-49 age group, died from pregnancy related causes, compared to 0.6% of Australian women
  • 1/3 of women in Timor-Leste have no access to antenatal care
  • 1/2 of the women in Timor-Leste have a formal education

The good news is the situation for women and children in Timor-Leste is steadily improving:

  • The birth rate has dropped from 7.1 to 5.7 children per woman
  • The child mortality rate has reduced from 83 to 64 deaths per 1000
  • Rates of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months have increased from 31% in 2003 to 52% in 2010
  • Timor-Leste is one of the few countries on track to meet the UN Millennium Development Goal No. 4 to reduce under-5 mortality by 2/3 by 2015.

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