A challenging comparison

Following on from the newsletter… In a recent report published by laser eye survey company Focus Clinic (see reference below), Timor-Leste appeared at the bottom of all countries in the world when it comes to public health spending. Recently we also discovered a staggering fact that the government health funding per person in Australia (over $7,400) is well over 100 times more than Timor-Leste (around AUD$60). While this comparison may make you feel frustrated like us, I also want to tell you that it also shows what an important opportunity we have to make a difference together in a country that is a very close neighbour. Our wonderful team of Aussies, locals and international volunteers and experts also see the opportunities we can take each day to make a big difference. As distressing as $60 per person per annum might be, I can also tell you it means that we can take the financial support you give us and stretch it a long way to deliver a big impact. The Focus Clinic report can be found here. Reference information about health spending in Australia can be found here and here.

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.