Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

April was a breakthrough month in Timor-Leste with respect to one of her most crippling conditions: rheumatic heart disease. Rheumatic fever is something you might read about in a Victorian romance novel, but in Timor (and northern Australia) it is a devastating...
Lessons from a misspent youth

Lessons from a misspent youth

I didn’t know it at the time, but it turns out I’ve been preparing for my life in Timor-Leste since I was a young boy. I chose two particularly frustrating pursuits as my childhood hobbies and it’s finally paying off. One of those was fishing. I was mad about fishing:...
The tuberculosis program

The tuberculosis program

The Tuberculosis program is still in development, but will be ready to launch in February 2018. Our organisation has a terrific history in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, the world’s number one infectious killer (and Timor-Leste sits number 1 in Asia,...
HIV Program

HIV Program

The HIV program is also still in a development phase. Led by our HIV Doctor, Dr Tony Elias, we’ve been working closely with the Ministry of Health and National HIV Program to plan the development of a new HIV centre. Our history in HIV care is very strong, and our...
The malnutrition program

The malnutrition program

The Malnutrition program is also taking shape. We recognise the enormous need – Timor Leste has the worst malnutrition outside of Africa – and we know we have a proven track record in delivering quality malnutrition care. Approximately one in four children with severe...