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Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, UNFPA continues to play a critical role during emergencies. In mid-2021, the worst floods in 40 years hit Timor-Leste. United Nations in collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste coordinated an emergency response and accessment of needs for victims of the flash floods – mostly women and children. UNFPA donated hygiene and sanitary items like sanitary napkins in one set known as ‘Dignity Kits’ and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health also facilitated transportation of midwives from health centres to evacuation centers to support the delivery of essential services to pregnant women -- providing mobile maternity clinics and basic materials to expectant mothers in identified facilities.

UNFPA in collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste have worked to maintain and even scale up the present levels of commitments and interventions in order for the country to properly sustain and leverage the progress and gains made in human development and institution building over the years. Notably, insufficient capacity is still a major challenge in the short/medium term.