Project update: Timor Plaza – Order of Malta Medical Clinic
In September we reported on an agreement with the owners of Timor Plaza, the largest shopping centre in Timor-Leste, who generously agreed to build a new medical clinic for the Order of Malta.
The Order of Malta Jape Alem Memorial Clinic will be provided rent free for a period of 9 years and is located on the the ground floor of a new building at the edge of Timor Plaza and is not far from a very poor area of Dili.
Construction is now well underway and completion is expected in April 2016. The clinic and its services have been designed in accordance with “best practice” Australian medical standards and following the guidelines of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Services will be provided free to those who cannot afford to pay.
The Clinic, which will be managed and funded by the Order of Malta, will consist of 3 main consultation rooms, medically trained staff and modern medical equipment. It is expected receive up to 200-300 patients a day. It will also incorporate an up-skilling program for locally trained Timorese doctors and nurses.
Our current focus is to source funding and donations for the necessary equipment and medical supplies. We are also in the early stages of establishing a Volunteer Program with various Medical Institutions in Australia that will enable fully qualified Doctors and Nurses to volunteer their professional skills at the clinic.
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