A decade following national independence, East Timor (Timor-Leste) is making progress in reducing its high infant and child mortality rates. However, approximately 45 percent of Timorese children under the age of 5 years are underweight for their age and 58 percent are stunted. Poor nutrition, food insecurity, and limited access to health services are contributing factors, to name a few. Our research takes an inter-disciplinary approach to examine how family resources, household structure, and social dynamics contribute to child survival and growth in the countryâ€™s rural districts. In this seminar, we discuss preliminary findings from field research undertaken in Natabora, Manatuto District in September 2012 â€“ a culturally complex and land-rich part of the country. We compare childrenâ€™s growth in Natabora to international growth standards, and to the growth of children in mountainous Ossu, Viqueque District. More broadly, we will promote the value of inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of child growth in developing countries.
|Place of Publication||Canberra Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|