A #fairstart for the children of Timor-Leste
We are helping to change the health of a nation by focusing on five key areas:
It all starts with primary care
Patients come from Dili and from all corners of Timor-Leste, often walking for days to be seen. No one is turned away and every patient is attended to by the end of the day. An average of 200 patients are consulted with every day with conditions including infectious diseases that account for more than 50% of deaths in Timor-Leste (WHO) including trauma , malnutrition and TB. Learn more about primary care at the clinic
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of TB in South East Asia. The Clinic diagnoses and manages approximately one third of all TB cases in Timor-Leste, commencing treatment for more than 1000 people every year. BPC runs a very effective TB REACH program that finds and treats young children living in homes with TB infected family members.
In this developing nation, less than a third of babies are delivered by a trained health professional and 66 of every 1000 children will die before reaching their fifth birthday. BPC provides pre-natal care with 600 consultations each month and delivers an average of 90 babies per month.Through the Clinic mobile Outreach Clinics, we run a program following national guidelines delivering care in remote villages all over Timor, including Oecusse and Atauro that trains local women to become lay midwives and educate the wider community about the importance of maternal health. Training is conducted at BPC with the Clinic supporting lay midwives’ work through periodic on-site visits.
In Timor-Leste 30% of children are stunted in growth and 50% are significantly malnourished. Malnutrition increases the likelihood of acquiring life threatening infections such as TB and gastroenteritis. Malnutrition also increases the risk of death due to common conditions such as pneumonia.
BPC manages the majority of cases of HIV infection in Timor-Leste. Patients come to BPC to avail of the medical expertise of Dr. Dan and the team with the support of several international specialists for the respect and confidentiality provided. BPC liaises closely with Estrela, the HIV advocacy and community liaison group in Timor-Leste.
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