Help Us Help East Timor
Support the Foundation’s dermatology connection through the Baro Piete Clinic, the Dermatology Unit at the National Hospital in Dili and the work of the Bayside Friends of the Salesian Missions in East Timor.
In September this year, Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon and Dr Niyati Sharma travelled to East Timor. Their mission was to establish a platform for an ongoing dermatology relationship with both the Baro Piete Clinic and the dermatologists at the National Hospital, led by Dr Odete da Silva Viegas. In addition, they assisted Dr Sue English of the Bayside Friends of the Salesian Missions in East Timor, by providing a dermatology clinic for orphans and staff of the Salesians orphanage in Venilale. We need your help to fund this ongoing work.
A/Prof Nixon and Dr Sharma saw over 80 dermatology cases at Dr Dan Murphy's major private clinic, Baro Piete. They also established contact with the dermatologists at the National Hospital and visited the Salesians convent and orphanage in Venilale. The aim of this initial trip was to establish an ongoing dermatology connection especially with Baro Piete Clinic, resulting in an Australian dermatologist visiting East Timor every 6 months (self-funded), in conjunction with a registrar, supported by the fund. They also visited a remote village with Dr Aida from Baro Piete Clinic, where there was a scabies epidemic. They are following up on the availability of scabies eradication programs in East Timor. The trip has also provided valuable information on the poor availability of medications used for dermatology conditions.
Dr Sue English has volunteered with the Salesian Missions in East Timor for the past twelve years. The Missions operate primary and secondary schools, orphanages and technical training colleges for young people. They also have a remote medical clinic in Venilale. The organisation has also been instrumental in educating young women on health, hygiene, leadership and domestic violence. Their projects have included:
- Sponsoring young women aged 18-14 years to complete a twelve month certificate in dressmaking or computer skills
- Assisting these young women in work experience and the transition to a new work place
- Providing nutrition (through distributing powdered milk) to Venilale orphanage, Venilale Salesian High School, the Hospitality College and the Foiloro Training Centre.
See also "Outreach in East Timor" article published in The Mole, (Sep 2015), (reproduced with the kind permission of the Australasian College of Dermatology.)
We would greatly appreciate your support in fundraising to assist this ongoing dermatology connection in East Timor, in particular, funding for dermatology registrars to visit East Timor as part of this connection, and support for pharmaceuticals and potentially, scabies eradication programs.
Please donate to this important campaign now.
Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you.