The fight to save children from heart disease….

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a serious disease involving permanent damage to the heart valves after a person has acute rheumatic fever (ARF).

Severe RHD can lead to conditions such as heart failure, stroke, disability and premature death. It most commonly affects children and young people and the effects can be lifelong. Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of RHD in the world.

The team at work educating the health care workers

RHD is preventable with early detection and access to treatment.

We are currently supporting the Ministry of Health by promoting early detection and running the national database of RHD patients, helping manage the 434 current patients living with RHD in Timor-Leste. A treatment program can last up to 10 years.

Listen to Dr Joaquina talk on local news about Maluk Timors Program.




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.