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Ermelinda da Costa Monteiro

Midwife and Maternal Health Trainer, East Timor
Ermelinda da Costa Monteiro Ermelinda Monteiro is a Maternal Health Nurse from Timor Leste, who has worked for fifteen years to ensure and improve maternal health for both mothers and babies within her community. For 7 of these years she has worked as a midwife at Community Health Centres and for 8 years as a educator and trainer at the National Institute of Health Sciences in Dili, Timor Leste. In 2008 she was awarded a UNIFEM Australia Peace Scholarship and is currently studying Perth to continue her education in health promotion for mothers and babies. Her goal is to improve maternal health and education regarding family planning and to reduce the maternal mortality rate and the infant mortality rate in Timor Leste.