With almost all international health staff having left Timor-Leste now, we find ourselves a conspicuously large presence: nine international doctors and two nurses, all of whom intend to stay on.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is fundamental to the management and control of the the COVID19 virus Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.
In addition to our IPC work, we are coordinating the development of the training packages for Triage and for Case Management, and in the next four weeks we will deliver those trainings to more than 100 doctors and countless other health staff. We are preparing the community health centres to triage patients before reaching primary care centres, hopefully protecting non-COVID-19 primary care (for staff and patients alike) and ensuring that COVID-19 cases get the immediate recognition and management they need.
1. Maluk Timor (MT) is leading the IPC training for the nation, and next week begin preparing a workforce of more than 100 doctors to take the training out to every community health centre in the country. Our materials have been endorsed by WHO and the Ministry of Health as the national standard, and we’ve been sharing these materials with other health partners so they can conduct training themselves. It is a small investment being thoroughly leveraged for a national impact.
2. MT repaired more than forty wash basins in community health centres to ensure running water is readily available, with more work still to do.
3. MT provided essential equipment and PPE to health staff.
4. Maluk Timor is now a major presence on social media in Timor-Leste, providing accurate information about COVID-19 in Tetun using video, interviews, infographics and adapted WHO releases. See our Facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/maluktimor/
While our staff in Timor Leste are providing front line services , we ask all our supporters to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia by:
- practicing good hygiene
- practicing social distancing
- following the limits for public gatherings
- understanding how to self-isolate if you need to
Our family – our Maluk Timor Family need you now more than ever – stay connected – do what you can.
Dr Jeremy Beckett
CEO – Maluk Timor