Advancing Surveillance and Training to Enhance Recognition of Infectious Diseases

Using technology and training to reduce the spread of infectious diseases

The ASTEROID project is a three-year training outreach program starting in Dec 2020. 

It aims to improve the recognition, treatment, notification and prevention of infectious diseases in Timor-Leste. 

What are we doing?

Deliver training in community healthcare centres

We devloped and delivered an integrated training in infectious disease control which has been endorsed by the Timor Leste Ministry of health. 

This training has allowed enhanced recognition, reporting and management of key infectious diseases across Timor Leste. 

Participants increased their knowledge across a range of topics by 14%  and follow up after training is being implemented to reinforce the changes to clinical practice.


So far we have:

Delivered training at 26 community health centres

HAROMAN Mobile App

 The  Haroman (meaning bring to light) mobile app to enhance information accessibility. The App contains 17 training modules of our infectious diseases program.

The app provides fingertip access to summary pages and quick reference tools on National Treatment Guidelines – previously unavailable

So far more than:

592 training modules have been completed

Latest News about ASTEROID

ASTEROID project

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

Who we work with on this program?

Timor-Leste Ministry of Health
Indo-Pacific Center for Health Security
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Menzies School of Health Research
Northern Territory General Practice Education



Nelson Jorge Exposto Casimeiro

Born to Drive

Felismino dos Santos Soares

ASTEROID Project Officer
I hope one day, all Timorese citizens will have access to an excellent quality of health service in which we are handled appropriately and with dignity.

Manuel Natercio Noronha

ASTEROID Medical Educator
What excites me about working for a better healthcare system is seeing community based healthcare workers keep going even though they have limited equipment to do their work.

Antonito Hornay Cabral

I am passionate about working for health system in Timor-Leste so I use everything I have to help my people, my community, my country.

Maria (Zytha) Filomena de Sousa

ASTEROID Video Production Officer
I believe that in order to contribute to the development of our country, it is especially important to have a strong understanding and skills in Information and Communication and Technology.

What's next?

Mobile app maintainence and hosting

To keep any mobile application running smoothly and efficiently, what is needed in a health environment, we need to perform regular security updates and maintenance, as well as hosting the application.

How much will it cost?

$20,000 per year