Community Based Rehabilitation Social Economic and Health Development Project

Timor Leste

The Community-based Rehabilitation for Social, Economic and Health Development (CBR SEHD) project has just completed its fourth year. The project aims to increase social participation and improve health and economic outcomes for people with leprosy and disabilities, by developing Self-Help Groups (SHGs).

Last year, the project achieved the following:
• 546 Self-Help Group members
• 48 people provided assistive devices
• 380 people trained in disability inclusion
• 6 cases of leprosy found by SHG members

Social Return on Investment
Twenty-one Self-Help Groups were given training and support to develop small businesses of their own, at a cost of $69 per group.

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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