Timor Leste: healing hearts and minds

April was a breakthrough month in Timor Leste with respect to one of her most crippling conditions: rheumatic heart disease.

Nurse Carolina screening for RHD

Rheumatic fever is something you might read about in a Victorian romance novel, but in Timor (and northern Australia) it is a devastating disease that still kills many young people. To refresh your memory, rheumatic heart disease is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the heart valves, triggered by recurrent streptococcal infections.

It usually takes hold during the primary school years, tends to progress (often fatally) through adolescence and early adulthood……. READ MORE


Help us do even more

Even though healthcare in Timor-Leste has improved, there is still so much more to do.  

A small amount of money goes a long way with the per person health budget less than US$100 per year. 


Covers the cost of petrol for a month so a healthcare worker can provide home visits around Dili.

$58 p/month

in 12 months

Covers the cost of running a nutrition referral project in one community healthcare centre.

$650 p/month

Covers the full cost to employ a nurse who can help deliver our programs.