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Order of Malta Australia


Project update: Delivery of Medicines presented to the First Lady of Timor-Leste


At the end of April, the Australian Association delivered another consignment of pharmaceuticals to Timor-Leste.

 The Order’s Ambassador, David Scarf AM delivered the medicines to the First Lady of Timor-Leste, Srª Isabel Ferreira Ruak in the Presidential Palace, who then presented them to Sisters Cristina and Monica from the Congregation of the Sisters of the Reparation of Our Lady of Fatima. The Congregation, operate a clinic in a very poor part of the country near the town of Maliana close to the Indonesian border.

 Both the First Lady and the Sisters were delighted at the donation of medicines which included Bepanthen Cream, Betadine, Paracetamol, Brufen and Pentavite Multi Gummies – medicines taken for granted in Australia but virtually unattainable there. 

There is an ongoing need for medications in Timor-Leste. 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.

Learn more about the Order’s Pharmaceutical project.

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The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.