HIAM Health is tackling the issue of malnutrition with a focus on empowering and educating women.
Founded in 2003, community-based NGO HIAM Health developed a unique, integrated approach to tackling malnutrition, combining residential rehabilitation for malnourished children with training and education for accompanying parents and carers.
In 2010 HIAM opened a residential, rehabilitation clinic for malnourished children. HIAM Health has championed education as an essential component of their strategy in prevention and treatment of malnutrition in Timor-Leste. For almost 15 years they have been empowering women/mothers by teaching them how to improve the nutrition of their families.
As children received treatment, mothers (and grandmothers and/or aunts) received training in health care, hygiene and nutrition (including cooking lessons). Women were also taught horticultural skills, and provided with follow up support to establish functional Home Kitchen gardens upon return to their village.
The ‘nutrition security’, crisis in Timor-Leste, however, far exceeded the reach of the rehabilitation programme. HIAM Health has now adapted its rehabilitation centre into a residential teaching and training facility. With a multi-disciplinary team of Timorese nationals professionally qualified in both nutrition and horticulture. HIAM Health now designs and delivers community education programmes on a variety of topics.
HART and HIAM Health are extremely grateful to the Isle of Man International Development Committee for their support of this programme.
Find out more on HIAM Health’s website here.