COVID-19 Pandemic response
Our partners in Timor Leste, IPTL and their development team Fusona have suspended all project activities for now as a result of COVID-19. The clinics we support in Same and Los Palos are still delivering community health programs providing health education about hand washing and good hygiene in preventing COVID-19. The Government of Timor Leste has confirmed 1 case of COVID-19.
The IPTL Synod has released a letter to all congregations, a pastoral care letter to advise congregations to obey government policies in overcoming the COVID-19 epidemic, encouraging people to stay at home, enjoy worship at home with family as they can and practice spatial distancing. IPTL Synod leaders are worried about the lack of health infrastructure and its ability to cope if cases become increase. At the moment many daily wage earners will be affected by job losses and this is increasing the vulnerability of women and children to domestic violence.
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in Timor Leste and diarrhoea is the sixth leading cause of death. Timor Leste also has one of the highest malnutrition rates among children in the world.
We support our partner to provide communities with health and nutrition education and access to clean water, latrines and healthy food. This reduces malnutrition and disease and promotes healthy living.
Last year alone, we provided over 1500 people education on preventing diarrhoea and tuberculosis.
Timor Leste (East Timor)
Protestant Church of Timor Leste through Fundasaun Sosial Naroman (Fusona Foundation)