Community Based Rehabilitation Social Economic and Health Development Project

Timor Leste

The Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Social Economic and Health Development (SEHD) Project enables people with disabilities to re-integrate into their communities. It works primarily through Self Help Groups across five districts. People with disabilities have improved access to health care, assistive devices (like wheelchairs and canes), economic opportunities and water and sanitation facilities.

This project commenced in July 2015, building upon the successes of the previous CBR and Rural Timor Leste Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) “Enablement” Projects.

In its second year of a five year cycle, the following are key successes for the project thus far:

• 277 people participated in disability inclusion, rights and advocacy training sessions

• 24 Self Help Groups (SHGs) with 277 members operating to address the needs of people affected by leprosy and disability, including increased social inclusion

• 48 people with disability referred for assistive aids through the CBR outreach services to enable increased participation in daily activities.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The CBR and SEHD Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor Leste.


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The Leprosy Mission in Timor Leste

Timor Leste (pronounced Tee-more Less-tay) is a country in Southeast Asia located about 640km north-west of Darwin, Australia.  Due to many years of political unrest and a long independence struggle with Indonesia, Timor Leste is continuing to rebuild its infrastructure and economy.

Leprosy is still prevalent in Timor Leste; The Leprosy Mission first began its work in the country in 1991, but ceased in 1998 due to significant political unrest. In 2004, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the World Health Organisation and Ministry of Health, allowing The Leprosy Mission to establish Community Based Rehabilitation clinics in Timor Leste, comprising nearly twenty staff between two projects.

Since then, The Leprosy Mission's work in Timor Leste has continued to expand.

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