What does the fastest woman (& volunteer) in Timor have to say…

Hear what one of our long term volunteers, Jess Harries – public health nurse and fastest woman in Timor! – has to say about the pride she has for our Maluk, and the big year we’ve had in 2019.

There are many achievements to celebrate, but the thing that made me the happiest when looking back at the last year was appreciating the enormous growth and development of my Timorese colleagues.

It was so gratifying taking a moment to consider all the ways they have stepped up, challenged themselves and taken full advantage of the possibilities Maluk Timor has to offer them….. and it feels like this is just the beginning!

Leadership meeting

They are taking the opportunity, running with it, flying with it and I don’t doubt that some of them will soar to great heights…..and so they should!  On the one hand, these opportunities are far more than many Timorese will ever have the chance to access, and that is one of the injustices history has afforded to people in this country, but on the other hand, what Maluk can offer to its staff is a drop in the ocean compared to those opportunities enjoyed by the majority of Australians.

Maluk Timor is doing fantastic work supporting the capacity of health systems and health workers in Timor-Leste, but we should count the growth and development of our Timorese  staff, our Maluk, as one of our most important objectives and achievements.

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.