Conflict and Development: Challenges in Responding to Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs in Timor-Leste

Posted: 20 Feb 2009

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Wayte Kayli

Charles Darwin University

Anthony B. Zwi

University of New South Wales

Suzanne Belton

Charles Darwin University

Joao Martins

University of New South Wales

Nelson Martins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anna M. Whelan

SPHCM, University of New South Wales

Paul Kelly

Australian National University

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

In April and May 2006, internal conflict in Timor-Leste led to the displacement of approximately 150,000 people, around 15% of the population. The violence was most intense in Dili, the capital, where many residents were displaced into camps in the city or to the districts. Research utilising in-depth qualitative interviews, service statistics and document review was conducted from September 2006 to February 2007 to assess the health sector's response to reproductive health needs during the crisis. The study revealed an emphasis on antenatal care and a maternity waiting camp for pregnant women, but the relative neglect of other areas of reproductive health. There remains a need for improved coordination, increased dialogue and advocacy around sensitive reproductive health issues as well as greater participation of the health sector in response to gender-based violence. Strengthening neglected areas and including all components of sexual and reproductive health in coordination structures will provide a stronger foundation through which to respond to any future crises in Timor-Leste.

Keywords: conflict and crisis settings, forced migration, reproductive health, maternity waiting camp, Timor Leste

Suggested Citation

Kayli, Wayte and Zwi, Anthony B. and Belton, Suzanne and Martins, Joao and Martins, Nelson and Whelan, Anna M. and Kelly, Paul, Conflict and Development: Challenges in Responding to Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs in Timor-Leste (May 2008). Reproductive Health Matters, Vol. 16, No. 31, pp. 83-92, May 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1346910

Wayte Kayli (Contact Author)

Charles Darwin University ( email )

Ellengowan Dr, Casuarina NT
Darwin, 0810
Australia

Anthony B. Zwi

University of New South Wales ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Suzanne Belton

Charles Darwin University ( email )

Ellengowan Dr, Casuarina NT
Darwin, 0810
Australia

Joao Martins

University of New South Wales ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Nelson Martins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anna M. Whelan

SPHCM, University of New South Wales ( email )

Australia

Paul Kelly

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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