HIV Program

Promoting prevention, detection and treatment

HIV is very treatable but only if you know you have it.

Maluk Timor supports the Ministry of Health to run a high-quality, welcoming HIV care program from a dedicated HIV centre in Dili. Our aim is to reduce new HIV infections and maximise quality of life for people living with HIV.

People living with HIV in Timor-Leste commonly face stigma and discrimination, even in healthcare settings.

In our HIV program we always put stigma-free care as our top priority.


What are we doing?

The HIV Centre

Our HIV Centre is the main care provider for an estimated 15% of all people living with HIV.

The centre provides stigma free care, information and skilled counselling to help patients make good health choices. We also treat patients with an antiretroviral therapy.

Many of the patients we see are at a late stage due to stigma and low rates of testing. However, by providing skilled counselling we have supported 92% of our clients to become stable on anti-retroviral therapy.

We are currently:

Treating 276 people living with HIV

Training and supporting healthcare workers

Our HIV training program teaches community healthcare workers on how to better identify, treat and promote the prevention of HIV.

We do this through Friday HIV classes for community healthcare workers, on the job training in our HIV centre.

We also provide remote advice and support and the development of culturally sensitive clinical guidance materials.

In 2022:

Achieved a 94% patient satisfaction rate

Public engagement and HIV awareness

Stigma and discrimination is a widespread challenge for people living with HIV in Timor-Leste.

Through a mix of mass media campaigns, in-person outreach and social media presence, we aim to reduce new infections with education on prevention and screening.

We are also keen to help change community attitudes so that people living with HIV can be more accepted within the community

In 2022:

Our health promotion videos were broadcast on TV to combat stigma.

Dr Boni being interviewed on local morning show

How your donation helps

A little goes a long way to improving health in Timor-Leste
Provide ongoing HIV treatment

$27 /m

For less than a dollar a day we can provide the doctors, nurses, and counsellors for a person living with HIV.

Employ a new HIV counsellor


This covers the full employment costs for a new HIV counsellor

Employ an HIV nurse

$300 /m

This covers the full employment cost for an HIV specialist nurse.

Who we work with on this program?

Timor-Leste Ministry of Health
Timor-Leste Ministry of social solidarity
Global Fund

The HIV team


Eleanor MacMorran

HIV Mentor (Remote)
HIV Mentor (AVI) (ID Consultant – Australia)
Bonifacio da Silva de Jesus

Bonifácio da Silva de Jesus

HIV Doctor
Our vision is to make the patients understand that there is always hope to live a normal life.

Novirial (Ano) Pinto

HIV Counsellor
I am very proud to be working with the HIV Program because I can take care of people living with HIV.

Karolina Surya Embun

HIV Program Manager
Caring for people living with HIV and respecting the need for confidentiality.

What's next?

Build a new HIV Care & Training centre

We have over 15 years of experience running a non-judgemental treatment HIV treatment program in Timor-Leste. 

2 years ago we used that experience to build 

We currently run the only HIV specific treatment centre in Timor-Leste.

How much?


Purchase a vehicle

Our Family Medicine Training Program, is a recognised a Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine. 

In collaboration with the RACS we trains doctors in community health care centres to become the “role model clinicians” of the future.

In this program we focus on improving skills in professionalism, technical knowledge, consultation, self-development, leadership and quality improvement.

How much?


Social support for patients

Supporting nurses, doctors and other health care professionals  by doing what? What are we training them in, I need more information. Need examples of what this might actually mean.

How much?

$5,000 per year