Helping Timor-Leste beat its largest health problems

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There are 7 key areas of health that will have the biggest impact.

1. Ending Tuberculosis

Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis in Asia, with half of all active cases remaining undiagnosed. Young children often become infected in infancy, often with fatal

Our team of our experienced TB Timorese health care workers will operate in the community, including homes, schools and workplaces, to find cases of TB and facilitate preventative treatment for young children, ultimately expanding the program to train health care workers throughout the country.


Of the country has latent TB


Children stunded in growth and development

2. Reducing Malnutrition through education & treatment

Timor- Leste has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world with thousands of children dying each year, and 58% of children stunted in their growth and development, with lifelong consequences.
Drawing on our established expertise in malnutrition care, Maluk Timor will develop a model malnutrition centre in a local Timorese district hospital which can be replicated district hospitals across the country. Training of health care workers in education, prevention and identification of malnutrition will be prioritised.

3. Managing the HIV and AIDS epidemic

Increasing numbers of cases of HIV infection are being identified in  Timor-Leste each week. The country is unprepared for this evolving epidemic. Maluk Timor will develop the leading HIV treatment and prevention centre in Timor-Leste and will train and support health care workers to deliver HIV education, prevention and management throughout the country.


Increase in HIV cases year on year


School children affected by this entirely preventable disease

4. Preventing Rheumatic Heart Disease

Demonstrated in 2016 to have one of the highest rates of RHD in the world, with as many as 1 child in every classroom affected in some groups, this preventable disease continues to kill children, young adults and especially pregnant mothers. Maluk Timor will expand the existing shared program (with East Timor Hearts Fund) to detect the disease in its early
stages, and stop it in its tracks through treatment with penicillin. Maluk Timor will raise community and government awareness to end this disease in Timor-Leste.

5. Promoting Womens Health

In a country with high levels of domestic violence, unplanned pregnancy and gender inequality, many Timorese women are trapped in disadvantage, often having seven or more children without the means to raise them. Other than the social difficulties this involves, it is driving many of the major health problems of the nation. Working with the Humanitarian Aid & Relief Trust, we will expand our outreach program to the districts, forming new womens’ groups to educate and empower Timorese women to access the health and family planning services that they and their families need.


of women with partners aged 15-49 have experience physical or sexual violence in their relationships

6. Training Timorese Doctors

Almost a thousand junior Timorese doctors have been educated in classrooms but have almost no opportunities in further clinical training. An undertrained doctor can lead to a wrong diagnosis, a wrong treatment, and a fatal outcome.
In partnership with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, We are delivering the only accredited training for General Practice in Timor-Leste. We hope to expand this program and involve all training doctors in the clinical programs led by Maluk Timor.

7. Training Timorese nurses and midwives

Every area of the health sector in Timor-Leste has a need for skills training and clinical support. Nursing and midwifery are two of the fundamental professions delivering health that need to be supported and improved. Maluk Timor will equip and send out teams of Timorese trainers in nursing and midwifery to work shoulder to shoulder with their colleagues in raising the standard of care across the district hospitals of Dili district, and ultimately in health centres across the country.

Maluk Timor works shoulder to shoulder with Timorese clinicians to save lives and strengthen local health services.

The Maluk Timor team recognised that front-line medical care was no longer the best way we could help Timor develop a top quality health care system. 

Our commitment:

  • Investing in people

  • Strengthening health services

  • Engaging the community


Timor-Leste is a young nation with a traumatic past. The wounds are healing, and we hold great hope for the future, but this is still a place where children die for lack of food, and where diseases that we’ve all but forgotten still run rampant.

The Timorese health system is growing fast but developing a quality health service requires time, expertise and unwavering commitment. Maluk Timor has been invited to bring that expertise and commitment into partnership with the Timorese Ministry of Health and other NGO partners to help this nation meet its greatest health challenges.