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Population Matters

UNFPA Timor-Leste provides support to national population and housing censuses and continues to work with the Government of Timor-Leste to conduct censuses for sustainable development.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2014 Report shows that living standards and human development have improved significantly in Timor-Leste since independence. Selected MDG and targets for gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, malaria and tuberculosis have been achieved. Out of 29 indicators and sub-indicators, 9 have achieved their targets and 14 show significant improvement. 

However, despite Timor-Leste's considerable development progress, deeply rooted economic and social issues remain with considerable disparities in key maternal health indicators between districts, education and wealth quintiles.