Oral Health in Timor-Leste

From Dr. Bethany Beckett:

I met another group of dentists visiting Timor from Singapore. It is marvelous. The oral health plight is bad here. With only 5 dentist in TL the bulk of the education, screening is done by dental nurses. Self motivated and innovative using what resources they have. There is input from visiting dentists but as yet this is not coordinated nor with a long term capacity building focus for the local staff.

So… again Maluk Timor steps up. One time earlier this year we met with 6 different dental teams in a fortnight. We took it as a sign, we have become the cog in the dental wheel. 
Let have a coordinated response to the oral health challengers of Timor-Leste. 

Calling all dentists that visit Timor-Leste, come join us at the first Timor-Leste Dental Symposium on the 10 & 11th of November at Mercure Darwin Airport Resort Hotel. For more information or to confirm your intention to attend, send an email to [email protected]

Spread the word, let’s fight cavities and pain together.

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.