Extending Social Health Protection in Timor-Leste: Accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage

A lower middle-income country, in 2018, TimorLeste had a population of 1,267,975, and in 2014, 40.2 per cent of the population lived below the national poverty line (World Bank 2018).The social protection system in Timor-Leste is comprised of a range of 26 programmes, including broadbased cash transfer schemes, social services to vulnerable groups and free or affordable national health and education services. Presently, the health system in Timor-Leste is predominantly public, with a national health service system implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH), which covers all Timorese citizens, residents and stateless persons. This is supplemented by a range of additional social health protection schemes and programmes designed to expand health coverage to hard-to-reach populations or target vulnerable population groups.

This country brief is part of the country briefs series: Social Protection in action: building social protection floors for all.