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Health Stream Recommendations

Health Stream Recommendations

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Recommendations from the Health Stream at the VU-UNTL Conference 'Transforming Timor-Leste for Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Peace', held Dili July 2009.
Recommendations from the Health Stream at the VU-UNTL Conference 'Transforming Timor-Leste for Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Peace', held Dili July 2009.

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Health Stream RecommendationsThe Conference heard a comprehensive presentation from the Minister for Health, Dr Nelson Martins, who used Millennium Development Goals No. 4,‘Reduce Child Mortality’, No. 5 ‘Reduce Maternal Mortality’, and No. 6 ‘Reducethe spread of HIV/AIDS, STI’s, Tuberculosis and Malaria’ to discuss Timor-Lente’s progress in health over the last ten years. Some progress has beenmade since Timor-Leste achieved independence, but on many of these goalsthere is a long way to go. The Millennium Development Goals provide someuseful markers which can be used to measure success in various areas, but theywill only be achieved with the co-operation of the whole community.While good policy is important, good health for Timorese is not just theresponsibility of the Health Ministry. It will only be achieved with the participationof all citizens, educational institutions, civil society, the agricultural system, thetrading system and many other parts of society. Other important factors are:-
role of the family and community in decision to seek health care
persistence of various cultural beliefs, attitudes and practices
how community members assess quality of health care
influence of ´hearsay´ or other people´s experiences negative and positive
Recommendations to the Government
The media, in particular Radio and Television, could be used more effectively topromote healthy lifestyles, in particular in fields such as nutrition, hand washing,breastfeeding, dental health, alcohol and drug dependence (including tobaccocontrol) traffic safety and occupational health and safety.Planning, funding and promotion is needed to encourage householders, bothurban and rural, to develop food gardens close to the house which will contributeto improving family nutrition.Recommendations on reduction of alcohol abuse
Clinics and PNTL to keep statistics on numbers of cases attended tothat are alcohol related.
Laws need to be drafted that regulate alcohol selling and alcohol levelsin locally produced alcohol (
tua sabu 
and
tua mutin
)
Civic education campaigns in the community about alcoholconsumption and dangers
Campaigns against drink driving on Television, introduction of breathalyzers
Laws regulating children selling or consuming alcohol

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