Combatting Malnutrition through Education
Join us for a conversation with Rosaria Martins Da Cruz, Founder and Director of HIAM Health, a Timorese NGO serving as a malnutrition rehabilitation and education centre for children under the age of five. HIAM aims to work with the Government to use education as a tool to eradicate malnutrition within Timor. Come hear from this inspirational woman looking to promote human rights and equal opportunities for the next generation within her community.
More about the Speaker
Rosaria works closely with International Adviser Jill Hillary OAM to develop to implement their programs, maintaining international support and international standards within their projects.
Previously, Rosaria worked as founder and programme coordinator for Karidade Health, a pastoral, social and palliative care program in the National Hospital Dili. She also worked as Program Manager in Dare Clinic, Dili, East Timor to link with mobile clinics already set up by the Jesuit Order. Rosaria has also worked as a part time interpreter for the medical section of the UN Peace Keeping Force and Executive Director of the Dare Polyclinic, Dili. She has established the first Rehabilitation Center for Malnutrition and Training Center for Nutrition and Horticulture in Timor Leste Community Training Groups and Home Kitchen Gardens and Community Gardens in Six Target Districts (Dili, Aileu, Liquisa, Manatutu, Ermera, Baucau and Viqueque).
Rosaria has also had several publications related to health, nutrition, development and education and has been awarded several awards including the ‘Human Rights Award’ from President RDTL. She has also been showcased in a ‘Women’s Voices’ photo exhibition for International Women’s Day by the United Nations in 2011.
Celebrating women leaders like Rosaria who are working towards equality combats structural and institutional violence and is part of our larger vision to end all types of violence against women through our Help Anna campaign.