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Project details

Provide water, sanitation and hygiene to healthcare facilities in Timor-Leste Timor-Leste , RUN BY: WaterAid Australia | STATUS: COMPLETED

This project is 100% Funded



AUD 15,002

Raised from 4,382 people

Project background

In Timor-Leste over 80% of healthcare facilities do not have the basics such as:

  • a water supply on site;
  • toilets for staff, men, women and people with a disability;
  • places to wash hands with soap;
  • cleaning protocols; and
  • safely managed healthcare waste.

To address this crisis, WaterAid is building on the progress towards ending open defecation in Liquica and Manufahi, to strive towards the next level identified in the National Sanitation Policy: Hygienic Status, requiring sustainable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services in healthcare facilities.

WASH is essential for quality care, particularly for women and newborns during the vulnerable time of childbirth. With only 34% of women accessing healthcare facilities in rural areas for childbirth, clean and safe healthcare facilities will play an important role in increasing demand for, and trust in, services and reducing the risk of potentially deadly infections for mothers and their newborns during childbirth. Furthermore, safe WASH can result in cost savings from infections averted and more efficient service delivery.

Project overview

The project will ensure that four healthcare facilities in Liquica and Manufahi have basic water and sanitation services, improved hygiene behaviours, waste management procedures and a costed plan for operations and maintenance. This will be achieved through:

  • construction/rehabilitation of latrines to meet the standard of ratio and accessibility, plus at least one toilet for people with disability
  • construction/rehabilitation of hand-washing facilities
  • construction of waste management infrastructure (incinerator)
  • rehabilitation of water connection to clinics
  • development of operation and maintenance plans
  • training of healthcare staff on operations and maintenance

The key outcomes we plan to achieve are:

  • 4 healthcare facilities have improved WASH facilities, including latrines, hand washing facilities, waste management incinerators.
  • 4 healthcare facilities have access to a clean and safe water supply.
  • Healthcare staff are trained and have developed an ongoing operation and management plan, enabling them to maintain their WASH facilities and ensuring the sustainability of the facilities.
  • Women in target communities have access to improved maternity care, through improved WASH facilities in their local healthcare facilities.
  • Municipal local government staff collect data on the status of WASH in healthcare facilities in their regular monitoring visits, and share this information in municipal meetings to inform future planning.

What's covered in project costs

Your donation will be used to cover the following costs:

  • Healthcare facilities upgrade: 7,000 AUD
  • Community and staff mobilisation and Operation and Maintenance training: 4,000 AUD
  • Support of municipal monitoring and planning processes to include WASH in healthcare facilities as a priority: 2,500 AUD
  • Technical support: 1,500 AUD

Partners and community involvement

There are several components of our community-level direct beneficiaries’ involvement. While the project will benefit people of both genders and all ages, we will specifically seek involvement from, and work with; 

  • People with with disabilities
  • Female-headed households and female representatives 
  • Community leaders
  • WASH committee members.

The project will be implemented in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders at municipal level: local partners non-government organisations (NGO) and authorities: representative rights groups – disability people organisations, women’s groups; relevant municipal authorities. Below a list of our main partners:

  1. Water User Groups Association (AGMF) Liquica and Manufahi – stakeholder group
  2. Fundasaun Luta ba Futuru – local NGO
  3. Municipal Water Supply, Sanitation, and Environmental Services in Liquica and Manufahi – government authority
  4. Municipal Health Services in Liquica and Manufahi – government authority
  5. Plataforma Nasional Bee Saneamentu Ijiene Timor-Leste – local NGO

Part of a larger strategy

WaterAid is determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone in every part of Timor-Leste. By tackling these three essentials; water, sanitation and hygiene in ways that last, people change their lives for good. As the world largest NGO focusing solely on WASH, we work with governments, private sectors, non-government organisations and local communities to deliver innovative, low-cost and sustainable WASH and health solutions as well as campaign globally to influence the policies of key organisations and institutions to collectively ensure we realise our vision.

The project will contribute to the development, testing and application of national standards for WASH in healthcare facilities in Timor-Leste, along with improvements to sustainable and inclusive WASH in communities in Manufahi and Liquica.

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WaterAid Australia

Over 650 million people in the world don’t have access to safe, clean water to drink, and over two billion don’t have sanitation. WaterAid Australia is an international NGO dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.