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Dili - The Ministry of Health, the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) and UNFPA conducted the training workshop on curriculum revision of the Midwifery School, held on 18 February at the Health Sciences Institute.

The objective of the event, which counted with the participation of midwifery school students and teachers, was to review the Three-Year Diploma curriculum in order to adapt it to the situation of Timor-Leste. During the opening ceremony, UNFPA also handed-over equipments that will support the Midwifery School to strengthen the operational and administration, as well as the learning activities of this academic program, established in October 2008.

"UNFPA continues its commitment to support the government of Timor-Leste particularly in strengthening the human resources and capacity building of existing health staff by strengthening the Midwifery School to produce qualified midwives as a way to help address the problem of high Maternal Mortality in the country", said Mr. Pornchai Suchitta, UNFPA Country Representative, during his intervention at the event.

The special invitees included Mr. Pornchai Suchitta, Sr. Agapito Da Silva, the General Director of the Ministry of Health and Mr. Diamantino de Jesus, Dean of the Faculty of Health Science.