We focus on local capacity building, systems strengthening, training and support to provide a sustainable pathway to tackle 8 key health problems facing Timor-Leste today…
School children affected by this entirely preventable disease
1. Finding, treating and preventing Rheumatic Heart Disease
Demonstrated in 2016 to have one of the highest rates of RHD in the world, with as many as 1 child in every classroom affected in some groups, this preventable disease continues to kill children, young adults and especially pregnant mothers. We are leading the way in screening for affected school children, ensuring they receive lifesaving penicillin treatment or surgery, as well as educating communities about the prevention of rheumatic heart disease.
2. Stopping the household spread of Tuberculosis
Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis in Asia, with half of all active cases remaining undiagnosed. Young children often become infected in infancy, often with fatal consequences.
Our experienced team TB Timorese health care workers are supporting the MoH and NGO partners in delivering quality TB care. This includes pioneering work in expanding household contact tracing of positive cases and commencing exposed children on preventative treatment.
Of the country has latent TB
Increase in HIV cases year on year
3. Managing the HIV and AIDS epidemic
Increasing numbers of cases of HIV infection are being identified in Timor-Leste each week. The country is unprepared for this evolving epidemic. A new centre of excellence in partnership with MoH and the National AIDS Program is being built at Vera Cruz CHC, which will become the key training site for Timorese Doctors and counsellors in HIV care.
4. Building strong women for a strong nation
In a country with high levels of domestic violence, unplanned pregnancy and gender inequality, many Timorese women are trapped in disadvantage, often having seven or more children without the means to raise them. Other than the social difficulties this involves, it is driving many of the major health problems of the nation. Working with the Humanitarian Aid & Relief Trust, we will expand our outreach program to the districts, forming new womens groups to educate and empower Timorese women on maternal health, gender-based violence and crisis care support.
of women with partners aged 15-49 have experience physical or sexual violence in their relationships
Children stunded in growth and development
5. Reducing Malnutrition by catching them before they fall
Timor- Leste has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world with thousands of children dying each year, and 58% of children stunted in their growth and development, with lifelong consequences.
We are working with government clinics to identify malnutrition before it becomes life-threatening and supporting them in education, counselling and re-feeding.
6. Dental health for the next generation
dentists for all of Timor-Leste, thats less than one for every 180,000 people
7. Training Timorese Doctors
Close to one thousand junior Timorese doctors have been educated in classrooms but have almost no opportunities in further clinical training. An undertrained doctor can lead to a wrong diagnosis, a wrong treatment, and a fatal outcome.
In partnership with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, we are delivering the only accredited training for General Practice in Timor-Leste. We hope to expand this program and involve all training doctors in the clinical programs led by Maluk Timor.
8. Training Timorese nurses and midwives
Every area of the health sector in Timor-Leste has a need for skills training and clinical support. Nursing and midwifery are two of the fundamental professions delivering health that needs to be supported and improved. Maluk Timor equip our teams of Timorese trainers in nursing and midwifery to work shoulder to shoulder with their colleagues in raising the standard of care across the Community health Centres (CHC’s) of Dili district, and ultimately in health centres across the country.
Maluk Timor works shoulder to shoulder with Timorese clinicians to save lives and strengthen local health services.
The Maluk Timor team recognised that front-line medical care was no longer the best way we could help Timor develop a top quality health care system.
Investing in people
Strengthening health services
Engaging the community
Latest news from the ground in Timor-Leste
"You can stop the progression, you can give treatment, you can stop kids from becoming unwell, getting severe rheumatic heart disease, stop them from needing heart surgery, stop them from dying," Dr Francis said. Read this ABC News story....
Recently a group of high school students from Finley were toured around Vera Cruz by Dr Jeremy. Finley is a town near the NSW/Vic border. They raised US$5,000 for our HIV refurbishment. Maluk Timor have been given the task of establishing an HIV diagnostic and...
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 Nursing & Midwifery Education program at Maluk Timor has been busily preparing for their first training program that is soon to be delivered at Vera Cruz Community Health Centre (CHC). Late last year, the Nursing & Midwifery team met with the heads of the CHC’s...
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.....by Margaret Mead. Over the years so many people have helped us financially to help the poorest people in East Timor. Ordinary people helping accomplish...
Maluk Timor is working in conjunction with East Timor Hearts Funds . Our Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) program has been gathering speed in recent months. In December 2017, while the regular visits to Letefoho and other centres in Ermera continued, the team hosted an...
We partner with RACS (Royal Australian College of Surgeons) to deliver the Family Medicine training program. Dr Bethany leads a team of medical educators preparing Timorese doctors for their future work in the inaccessible districts of Timor-Leste. Much of our...
When people understand their bodies, it empowers them to take care of themselves physically. This is even more important if you HAVE Rheumatic Heart Disease but no external sign of this. You are asking someone to have uncomfortable monthly injections til mid...
The Rheumatic Heart Disease program, in close conjunction with partner East Timor Hearts Fund (ETHF), hit the ground running. Under the new leadership of Ricardo Flavio (Ricky), the team has been kept very busy: the delivery of penicillin to school children with...