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.
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