Reduce Impaired Child Growth & Development - Stunting Program for Timor-Leste Compact Development

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) awarded URC the five-year (2018-2023), Reduce Impaired Child Growth & Development/Stunting for Timor-Leste Compact Development Project. Activities will support MCC’s development of a compact to reduce stunting among children in Timor-Leste, which has one of the highest stunting rates in the world.

Stunting is largely an irreversible outcome of prolonged inadequate nutrition leading to insufficient weight gain and development during the first 1000 days from conception to age two. Adequate nutrition during pregnancy and the first two years of life is necessary for normal brain development, laying the foundation for future cognitive and social ability, school success, and productivity.

Childhood stunting is the best-established indicator of child well-being and development as well as an indicator of social inequality. In communities where ‘being short’ is seen as normal, and linear growth is not routinely measured, stunting is largely an invisible form of malnutrition. Stunting in Timor-Leste affects 50 percent of children under five years nationally – four out of ten of whom (20 percent) are categorized as “severely stunted.”

Project activities will assess key nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) constraints and opportunities to ensure implementation of appropriate, evidence-based interventions. This project expands URC’s presence in the region and furthers work done in nutrition, WASH, and digital health technologies. URC is joined by WaterAid, an international organization increasing access to clean water and hygiene, and HIAM Health, a local community-based NGO with a unique, integrated approach to tackling malnutrition.




Children in Baucau, Timor-Leste. © Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare
Children in Baucau, Timor-Leste. © Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare
2018 to 2023
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
HIAM Health
Regions/ Countries