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 […]

The suffering is just below the surface and so is the virus

Here in Dili we have been spared further heavy rains. The flood water has receded and acute crisis with it. As always after disasters like this, most of the real work done to relieve suffering is borne by the community. Since the floods, Timorese families, friends, and neighbours have been helping each other return home […]

Maluk Timor staff and volunteers getting the Astra Zeneca vaccine

As we rebuild from the Easter floods here in Timor, vaccinations will be key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our communities safe. Our COVID-19 team has been giving essential vaccine training to healthcare providers throughout Timor, and they themselves got their first dose! The team will continue on the front lines of […]

Caught up and Cut off

Imagine that you took the leap to relocate your family from a life of subsistence farming on the hillsides of rural Timor-Leste to the nation’s capital, Dili, in pursuit of better opportunities for your children. Education, employment and access to key services are all part of the attraction. Unable to find affordable accommodation in town, […]

Flood update from CEO Dr Raj

Hello everyone, You’re maybe aware of the extensive flooding in Dili and other parts of Timor. The impact so far has been 21 deaths, and greater than 2000 households impacted. There are several thousand in emergency evacuation centres in Dili. Conditions at the evacuation centres are crowded, but the government and other partners have started […]

Energy and persistence conquer all things – HIV training is being rolled out

As you may have read this week we farewelled the wonderful Dr Eleanor MacMorran – all though there were plenty of tears, we know she’ll be back again early next year. Eleanor, an Infectious Diseases specialist from Tasmania, joined us two years ago when our HIV program was little more than a dream. From August […]

Australian Volunteers International (AVI’s) doing good

The below story appeared on the Australian Embassy’s facebook page about ‘OUR JESS’ – one of the marvellous Australians currently working as an AVI….link About Jess Harries…. Australia in Timor-Leste Health NGO Maluk Timor has played an important role in Timor-Leste’s successful response to COVID-19. Recently we introduced you to Dr Jeremy Beckett, the CEO […]

We have won the 1st battle but the Covid war is far from over

Update 7/7/2020 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 […]

Reflections from quarantine after 2 years teaching Doctors in Dili

Greetings from Darwin, where the 2 weeks of quarantine has afforded the opportunity to reflect on 22 months in Timor L’este. One of the unexpected bonuses of working overseas, is the opportunity to intersect with some exceptional people – creative, innovative, resilient and persistent people, who won’t ever receive the accolades of peace prizes, or […]

Social media is saving lives

Timor-Leste can be congratulated for how well it has responded to the current world pandemic so far and the Maluk Timor has had a huge hand in this. For those of you who visit our Facebook page you will have noticed a lot of health promotion and messages in Tetun being published. We are effectively […]

Australia Supports Corona Virus response in Timor-Leste

The Australian Government is working in partnership with neighbouring countries to keep our region safe from coronavirus (COVID-19). It is responding to requests from our Pacific partners for laboratory diagnosis, personal protective equipment, risk communication strategies, and national response planning and budgeting. Australia is jointly funding the WHO’s Pacific regional coronavirus response plan with New […]

Fast education via the phone…. the ‘Asteroid program’

How do you reach health care professionals that are scattered throughout Timor Leste and provide them with up-to-date and easily accessible information to assist decision making and improve clinical care? You find a partner, Catalpa International, who will work with you to deliver the information via the phone. With more than 90% (and climbing) of […]