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…
1. 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
Our experienced team TB Timorese health care workers are supoporting the MoH and NGO partners in delivering quality TB care. This includes pioneering work in expanding household contact tracing of positive cases and starting exposed children on preventative treatment.
Of the country has latent TB
Children stunded in growth and development
2. 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-threating and supporting them in education, counseling and re-feeding.
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 build at Vera Cruz CHC, which will become the key training site for Timorese Doctors and councelors in IV care.
Increase in HIV cases year on year
School children affected by this entirely preventable disease
4. 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 recieve lifesaving penicillin treatment or surgery, and educating communities about the prevention of rheumatic heart disease.
5. 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
6. Training Timorese Doctors
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
8. Dental health for the next generation
Our dental nurses, supervised and trained by international dentists, will be providing dental care and taking their messages about oral health into the schools and wider community.
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