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.

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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