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Providing Pharmeceutical Support To Medical Clinics In Timor-Leste

Providing Pharmeceutical Support To Medical Clinics In Timor-Leste

In true Hospitaller tradition, the Australian Association of the Order of Malta are leading a project to provide four clinics in Timor-Leste with medical and surgical supplies. These clinics, run by local congregations, provide primary medical care for significant numbers of Timorese in underprivileged urban and isolated rural areas.

As one of the world’s poorest countries (ranking 162th out of 182 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index), the Timorese are faced with a myriad of health challenges including high maternal and infant mortality, illness and death from preventable diseases, high prevalence of malnutrition, poor reproductive health and poor access to safe water and sanitation.


Life expectancy
Total fertility rate
% births attended by health staff
Maternal mortality ratio*
7(1 in Australia)
Infant mortality rate*
98(4 in Australia)
Deaths under 5 years (% of total deaths)


*per 1,000 live births

Consequently, Members of the Order have managed to purchase medicines at discounted wholesale prices and distribute them to the clinics at no cost.

$21 would pay for 3 courses of Amoxicillin, an antibiotic used to treat a wide range of infections, such as pneumonia, middle ear infections, kidney infections and even life threatening conditions such as peritonitis.

$38 would pay for a year’s course of Ibuprofen. In a country where most of the work is done in the field by manual labour, muscular aches and pains can be chronically debilitating. This inexpensive anti-inflammatory drug would allow the family bread winner to continue working.

$110 would pay for 10 courses of Erythromycin, used to treat whooping cough – a potentially fatal infection.

$500 would supply an entire clinic with a year’s supply of Paracetamol to provide pain relief for a multitude of possible ailments.

However lack of funding is currently inhibiting the progress of the project.  If you would like to support the project.