It’s remarkable that Timor-Leste has successfully contained the COVID-19 pandemic to just 24 confirmed cases and we are enormously proud to have played our part. We are only one contributor among many, standing alongside the Ministry of Health, the WHO and our other health partners.
We’ve won the first battle but of course the war is far from over.
Our Maluk Timor COVID-19 Response Team has aided in the delivery of essential training to several thousand health staff, and many others in the community. Our Psychological First Aid Team has been working to strengthen the resilience of frontline health workers who face the greatest risks, as well as the greatest pressure from their family and friends who fear the virus might be brought home to them.
Meanwhile our other core programs have carried on, ensuring that vulnerable people receiving life-saving treatment for TB, HIV or rheumatic heart disease are still able to receive the care they need.
The immediate threat of the Timorese health system being overwhelmed by COVID-19 may appear to have passed for now, but we know that much remains to be done.
We cannot afford to drop our guard, and we need to continue supporting essential health services in primary care such as immunisation, safe pregnancies and births, nutrition services, and treatment of the many other infectious threats afflicting the Timorese people.
We need your support to sustain and continually improve these as we work to put an end to preventable death and disease, promoting lifelong well-being for the people of Timor-Leste.