The fight for independence in Timor Leste (East Timor) left the country’s infrastructure battered, including health care.
Health standards are poor in Timor Leste with only one doctor per 10,000 patients. An estimated 44% of children aged under five are underweight and there is a rising incidence of tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS among young people.
It is vital for the recovery of the Timorese people that health facilities are improved.
Igreja Protestante iha Timor Lorosa’e (IPTL), the Protestant Church in Timor Leste, has developed two health care clinics in rural areas of the country. UnitingWorld is committed to assisting in the operation of these initiatives.
The Los Palos and Same clinics work alongside other government programs treating measles, malnutrition, respiratory and gastric illnesses. Los Palos clinic also provides three mobile clinics a month and a nutritional feeding program for the most vulnerable.
Support for this project continues to provide healthcare to thousands of women, men and children in Timor Leste.
The two clinics now have over 10,000 patients each year, and the mobile health clinics being run out of Los Palos are helping to reach out to people in even the most remote communities.
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