School Screening Blitz

Timor Leste

The Leprosy Mission is working hard to launch a 90 Day blitz to screen school children in Timor-Leste.

We aim to urgently screen 1,600 children for leprosy.

Your support means any cases identified can be stopped from being contagious within 24-48 hours. By finding cases early, we will prevent disability, stop leprosy spreading and bring real hope of eradicating this ancient disease in Timor-Leste forever.

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Your School Screen Blitz Project

Where

  • 4 municipalities
  • Baucau, Dili, Manatuto, Oecusse
  • NB: these areas have high rates of leprosy

Focus

  • 1,600 children
  • 4 schools

What

  • Screen children for leprosy
  • Support treatment of identified cases
  • Raise community awareness of leprosy
  • Fight mistreatment of children with leprosy Include Aus Aid symbol

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.

The Leprosy Mission Timor Leste has been fighting the spread of leprosy in the country for more than 20 years and is currently committed to eliminating leprosy to align with the Leprosy Mission’s global goals of zero transmission, zero disability and zero discrimination by 2035. The project is building on The Leprosy Mission Timor Leste's previous ‘Better health for communities affected by leprosy project’ that was implemented in 5 municipalities, to further expand this work to the entire country with the overall objective of reducing leprosy cases and related disabilities in Timor-Leste.

In Timor-Leste, leprosy is not given priority by the Ministry of Health (MOH) which has resulted in limited funding, poor coordination and case management of leprosy. Additionally, there is limited capacity of health professionals to detect and manage leprosy and a lack of awareness and knowledge regarding leprosy at national, sub-national, community and all levels of health providers.

There has been an increase in Grade 2 disabilities as a result of leprosy and increase in the number of children detected among new cases. Timor-Leste has four municipalities with high leprosy prevalence rates and with a high rate of Grade 2 disability among new leprosy cases, indicating late detection. People with disabilities (from leprosy) living in communities also have a limited understanding of how to prevent disabilities.

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