We focus on local capacity building, systems strengthening, training and support to provide a sustainable pathway to tackle 8 key health problems facing Timor-Leste today…
School children affected by this entirely preventable disease
1. Finding, treating and 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. We are leading the way in screening for affected school children, ensuring they receive lifesaving penicillin treatment or surgery, as well as educating communities about the prevention of rheumatic heart disease.
2. Stopping the household spread of 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 consequences.
Our experienced team TB Timorese health care workers are supporting the MoH and NGO partners in delivering quality TB care. This includes pioneering work in expanding household contact tracing of positive cases and commencing exposed children on preventative treatment.
Of the country has latent TB
Increase in HIV cases year on year
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. A new centre of excellence in partnership with MoH and the National AIDS Program is being built at Vera Cruz CHC, which will become the key training site for Timorese Doctors and counsellors in HIV care.
4. Building strong women for a strong nation
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 on maternal health, gender-based violence and crisis care support.
of women with partners aged 15-49 have experience physical or sexual violence in their relationships
Children stunded in growth and development
5. Reducing Malnutrition by catching them before they fall
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.
We are working with government clinics to identify malnutrition before it becomes life-threatening and supporting them in education, counselling and re-feeding.
6. Dental health for the next generation
dentists for all of Timor-Leste, thats less than one for every 180,000 people
7. Training Timorese Doctors
Close to one 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.
8. 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 needs to be supported and improved. Maluk Timor equip our teams of Timorese trainers in nursing and midwifery to work shoulder to shoulder with their colleagues in raising the standard of care across the Community health Centres (CHC’s) 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.
Investing in people
Strengthening health services
Engaging the community
Latest news from the ground in Timor-Leste
..... or any office really.........They always ask us, ‘Yes those programs are all very good, but why are you not doing anything in.... Nurse triage training Smoking prevention TB infection control at National Hospital Oral health/dental Mental health Malnutrition...
Triage training is underway at Vera Cruz 😊 the groundwork was laid, discussion and feedback sort. Time to explain the process to the doctors, nurses and patients. For the 200 - 300 patients a day, this will revolutionise the wait times for those acutely unwell, help...
April was a breakthrough month in Timor-Leste with respect to one of her most crippling conditions: rheumatic heart disease. Rheumatic fever is something you might read about in a Victorian romance novel, but in Timor (and northern Australia) it is a devastating...
Maluk Timor Dental Nurses join teams with Klibur Domin Dental Nurse to do Dental Education in Escola Basica Tulau Tibar. The students were screened then brought back to clinic for treatments as needed. Will sticky lollies & soda company’s ever have to answer for what...
Program update and engagement with our Australian subcommittee. Such a achievement to have our Timorese midwives, social health workers and Healthcare workers discussing the issues with senior staff in Australia on skype. Holding their own in discussion . A Senior...
A glimpses of the future. Dr Inda, a young Timorese dental professional was trained in the Philippines, mentored by Aussies dentists for a few years in her early career is now developing material and delivering dental training to our Timorese Family Medicine GP...
Timorese Society Timorese people have always formed a rich and effective society, a complex hierarchical organisation based on elaborate cultural, political and economic systems. For centuries, rites in animist traditions accompanied and expressed the culture, thus...
They tell you to surround yourself with great people. It struck me yesterday that we have. Sitting at my flimsy little office desk I am as comfortable, inspired and energetic as I’ve felt for years. There’s no big salary and no high-tech resources at my disposal....
On Monday we found ourselves set up for screening at the school in Cailaco with 4 echocardiography machines and 5 cardiologists and over 700 students to scan in 2.5 days !!!! We faced a big challenge figuring out who was going to make the long and difficult drive...