Sitting down with Dr Jeremy

Last month, Maluk Timor was lucky to have a visit from some of the Australian Board and some volunteers to our office in Dili.  Dr Jeremy Beckett, the previous CEO and current Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for Maluk Timor, was part of this group. We had a chance to sit down to talk […]

Nurse Educator – You are so young – what can we learn from you?

One of the most rewarding things we can do in the health sector in Timor Leste – is to strengthen it. We all know that a stronger health system means a healthier country. Upskilling doctors and nurses is making real and permanent change. Meet Guerson, a nurse educator working with our Nursing Training/COVID Programme. Guerson […]

Atlantic Institute – Senior Fellows Solidarity Grant – People Living with HIV

Maluk Timor has been lucky to receive some short-term funding from the Atlantic Institute, which is part of the Atlantic fellowship funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, for our HIV Programme. The project, “Maintaining continuity of clinical services for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Timor-Leste, through the COVID-19 pandemic”, will support continuity of services provided […]

A peek into our life-saving TB contact tracing for World TB Day 2022

Today is World TB Day, and for 2022 this year’s theme is ‘Invest to End TB. Save Lives’. World TB day is always important for us here at Maluk Timor. TB or Tuberculosis, a disease all but eradicated from the developed world, is still a major health challenge in Timor-Leste. An ongoing tragedy on Australia’s […]

Health starts from your mouth – Meet Dr Ximenes – Maluk Timor’s Dentist

I always wanted to be an architect – I just loved drawing things. I enrolled at UNPAZ (University of Peace in Dili) to study Architecture, but in my third semester, the Ministry of Education opened a scholarship programme with Brazil. There were no architect courses, but there were courses to study to be a Dentist. […]

PSF – Ears, Eyes and Voice of the Community

PSFs (Promotor Saúde Familiar/Family Health Promoter) are volunteer Community Health Workers in Timor-Leste. They deliver health promotion, refer sick community members to healthcare facilities, and support national health program implementation. They address preventable causes of disease, through educating their community on healthy behaviours. They sometimes make the crucial link between their community and the national […]

To be a doctor is my crush, but I am dating statistics… ASTEROID Stats Man

There is so many amazing people working at Maluk Timor – each with their own stories to tell.  Antonito Cabral is no exception – a journey that took him into applied statistics and now the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer for the ASTEROID programme.   Every day we are flooded with information in everything we […]

There is so much to be done and we desperately need to reduce malnutrition rates

Abertina Belo Nutrition Coordinator and the Community Health Centre, Becora On first meeting Mana* Bety, seems a shy and quiet woman, but you can feel an inner strength. Here is her story. Forty-nine years ago,  in the sleepy suku (village) of Kilikai at the base of Mount Matebian  (Baucau Municipality) , Abertina Belo entered the […]

Rheumatic Heart Disease school based prevention program

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is a life-threatening heart condition which results from damage to heart valves caused by one or several episodes of rheumatic fever.  Rheumatic fever can occur at any age, but usually occurs in children ages 5 to 15 years old. RHD is a preventable yet serious public health problem. School based screening […]

Becoming an expert in Rheumatic heart disease enables kids to grow old

My Name is Juliana dos Santos Sarmentu, I am a 29-year-old nurse from the city of Bacau, Timor-Leste. I studied nursing in Indonesia and then returned to live in Dili. I joined the Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) team at Maluk Timor in October 2019. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to work together with […]

The Lois and Raj story – he said she said….

Reluctant to talk about themselves, I finally found some time in their busy schedules to find out more about the Lois and Raj story and how they came to be at the helm of Maluk Timor. She Said – Lois’s Story While small in stature, Lois exudes energy, warmth and humour. She is everywhere – […]

New Emergency Room for Comoro Clinic is Dili

In October the Ministry of Health, Maluk Timor and partners held an inauguration ceremony for a new Emergency Room for Comoro Community Health Centre (CHC). The Honourable Sra. Odete Maria Belo the Timor-Leste Health Minister inaugurated the health facility. The existing Emergency Room is a very small, very busy building attached to the CHC, which […]

Tales of Dr Hip and his trusty security guard

I stumbled across Dr Hip at Maluk Timor when Maun Aga asked me to take a photo of Dr Hip collecting his rural doctor’s bag. These high-quality kits contain sturdy, essential equipment heavily subsidized by generous donors with a heart for Rural GPs. Everyone I am meeting have great stories to tell, so I asked […]