Program aims:

STRONG TL will strengthen communicable disease surveillance and control in Timor-Leste and evaluate the impact of improved surveillance on health system and health security policy responsiveness. Development of local capacity in selected sentinel sites will deliver sustainable and ongoing improvements to the health system. In country implementation of feasible, evidence-based, health policy and practice guidelines will further strengthen health security, improve health outcomes and assist Timor-Leste in meeting its obligations under International Health Regulations.

The aims of the program are to:

  • Understand how improved capacity for clinical and laboratory based communicable disease surveillance in Timor-Leste can rapidly identify and report on shifts in epidemiology and emerging threats
  • Improve health service delivery through implementation of evidence-based national guidelines for public health and clinical responses to key infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance
  • Promote collaboration and training in health systems and operational research in Timor-Leste and Northern Australia
Chief investigator:
Co-investigators
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Program manager:
Program dates: 
  • July 2018 - June 2021
Funders:

Collaborators:
Australian partners:
Menzies School of Health Research Darwin Lead organisation
Australian National University (ANU) Canberra Support for field epidemiology training and the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology
University of Sydney (USyd) Sydney Support for laboratory capacity building activities
Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control (NT CDC) Darwin Support for surveillance and communicable disease control training and mentoring
Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) Darwin Support for laboratory capacity building and mentoring

 

International partners:
Timor-Leste Ministry of Health Government Dili, Timor-Leste Implementation of communicable disease surveillance and control activities, through its communicable disease control and surveillance departments. Throughout the project, MoH surveillance staff will recieve training to improve their capacity to deliver effective disease surveillance and control. 
National Health Laboratory (NHL) Health services Dili, Timor-Leste Implementation of diagnostic microbiology components of the project in Timor-Leste. 
Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) Health services Dili, Timor-Leste Implementation of disease surveillance activities as a key sentinel site. 
Maluk Timor  Health services Dili, Timor-Leste Implementation of capacity building activities, supervision of project staff and coordination of in-country logistics in Timor-Leste. 
University Nacional Timor Lo'rosae (UNTL) University Dili, Timor-Leste Support for training activities and identification of suitable candidates for higher degree research scholarships. 
Instituto Nacional de Saude (INS) University Dili, Timor-Leste Support for training activities and research strategy development and administration in Timor-Leste. 
World Health Organisation (WHO) United Nations Dili, Timor-Leste Support for training activities and coordination of STRONG TL activities with national and international public health priorities. 

 

  1. COVID-19: Autoridades timorenses estimam mais de 50 mil casos em Díli

    COVID-19: Autoridades timorenses estimam mais de 50 mil casos em Díli

    Date

    O Instituto Nacional de Saúde timorense, Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS), as Equipas de Apoio Médico Australiano (AusMAT) e a Menzies School of Health Research, instituição que apoia o Laboratório Nacional timorense em Díli, nos testes à covid-19, também participam na análise.

  2. COVID-19 breaks out in Timor-Leste

    COVID-19 breaks out in Timor-Leste

    Date

    COVID-19 and severe floods are putting Timor-Leste’s health care system under increasing pressure.

  3. Thousands homeless in Timor-Leste as the country tries to contain COVID-19

    Thousands homeless in Timor-Leste as the country tries to contain COVID-19

    Date

    On RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly and guest Dr Josh Francis.

  4. Regional research set to get digital boost

    Regional research set to get digital boost

    Date

    Resources Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants, recognises A/Prof Kamala Ley-Thriemer, Dr Jo Wapling and Dr Chris Lowbridge.

  5. Australian government to support Timor-Leste flood recovery after at least 27 people die

    Australian government to support Timor-Leste flood recovery after at least 27 people die

    Date

    Dr Francis said the national laboratory where Timor-Leste conducts COVID-19 tests had been flooded on the weekend, but workers at the facility had put in an "enormous" effort and successfully saved testing equipment and reagents by moving them above the waters.

  6. How collaboration and communication are changing diagnostic capacity in Timor-Leste

    How collaboration and communication are changing diagnostic capacity in Timor-Leste

    Date

    Last May, a leading Australian health institute, Menzies School of Health Research, was awarded a grant of up to £4million by the Fleming Fund to improve laboratory diagnostic capacity and antimicrobial data use in Timor-Leste.

  7. Dili laboratory begins testing for coronavirus independently

    Dili laboratory begins testing for coronavirus independently

    Date

    In collaboration with Menzies, the National Health Laboratory in Timor-Leste has begun reporting results of COVID-19 tests independently.

  8. Australian doctors aid Timor Leste in COVID-19 fight

    Australian doctors aid Timor Leste in COVID-19 fight

    Date

    Australian doctors have joined the fight against COVID-19 in Timor-Leste in a bid to prevent devastation in one of South-East Asia's most vulnerable countries.

  9. Australian doctor in East Timor warns of impact coronavirus could have if it spreads there

    Australian doctor in East Timor warns of impact coronavirus could have if it spreads there

    Date

    An Australian doctor on the frontline of treating COVID-19 in East Timor, has called on his trust in God to help him, warning of the “devastating” impact if the virus spreads in the vulnerable nation.

  10. Australian doctors aim to stop COVID-19 from 'tearing through' Timor-Leste

    Australian doctors aim to stop COVID-19 from 'tearing through' Timor-Leste

    Date

    Australian doctors have joined the fight against COVID-19 in Timor-Leste in a bid to prevent devastation in one of South-East Asia's most vulnerable countries.

  11. A political impasse in Timor-Leste as coronavirus looms

    A political impasse in Timor-Leste as coronavirus looms

    Date

    Despite the political impasse, preparations for their COVID-19 response by the interim government and President have been systematic and reassuring.

  12. Rapid regional assistance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning

    Rapid regional assistance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning

    Date

    The Australian Government is working closely with partners to support a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Pacific.

  13. Australia helps Timor-Leste to prepare for COVID-19

    Australia helps Timor-Leste to prepare for COVID-19

    Date

    Australia is supporting Timor-Leste to be prepared in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19.

  14. Child malnutrition and pneumonia research wins Harry Christian Giese Award

    Child malnutrition and pneumonia research wins Harry Christian Giese Award

    Date

    The 2019 Harry Christian Giese Research into Action Award will support a Nutrition Worker to lead an education program for 8 months, to better understand the social and cultural drivers of malnutrition, the experience of hospital care and perceived barriers to recovery.

  15. Coronavirus assistance to Pacific and Timor-Leste

    Date

    Coronavirus [COVID-19] is now affecting 75 countries, with the total number of cases over 90,000 and the global death toll at more than 3000.

  16. Healthy Tomorrow | Christmas edition 2019

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    Date

    In this edition, we are proud to present a snapshot of the announcements, awards and events that have occurred over the past few months.

  17. Rheumatic heart disease discussed at national conference

    Rheumatic heart disease discussed at national conference

    Date

    Menzies School of Health Research senior research fellow Josh Francis said there was positive news when it came to RHD “in the sense that there’s a really good plan coming together”.

  18. Management of Tuberculosis: a guide for clinicians

    Management of Tuberculosis: a guide for clinicians

    Date

    The TB Forum has published "Management of Tuberculosis", edited and composed by many of the TB-CRE's key investigators. Including Menzies Associate Professor Anna Ralph

  19. How we can end TB by 2030

    How we can end TB by 2030

    Date

    A regional research collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research has been highly productive in building capacity in PNG and Indonesia,.

  20. Supporting TB health systems

    Supporting TB health systems

    Date

    This research was conducted as part of several initiatives led by a Menzies-Burnet regional consortium in partnership with institutions in Indonesia and PNG.

  21. Fleming Fund helps Menzies battle drug resistance in Timor-Leste

    Fleming Fund helps Menzies battle drug resistance in Timor-Leste

    Date

    Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has been awarded a Fleming Fund country grant to support testing and surveillance for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Timor-Leste.

  22. Heartfelt song beats back infection

    Heartfelt song beats back infection

    Date

    The song debuted at the Barunga Festival, after a collaboration between Skinnyfish Music, the Bupa Health Foundation, Telethon Kids and the Menzies School of Health Research.

  23. Catchy new song could save thousands of children from deadly RHD

    Catchy new song could save thousands of children from deadly RHD

    Date

    Indigenous children in Barunga have put together a catchy song in the hope it will save others from a crippling disease killing thousands.

  24. An urgent need for antimicrobial stewardship in Indigenous rural and remote primary health care

    An urgent need for antimicrobial stewardship in Indigenous rural and remote primary health care

    Date

    The Coordinated Remote AntiMicrobial Stewardship (CRAMS) Group is funded by HOT North (Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North).

  25. CDU Enews | Menzies staffer wins national award for RHD research

    CDU Enews | Menzies staffer wins national award for RHD research

    Date

    Dr Josh Francis, a researcher from the Menzies School of Health Research, has been recognised by his national peers for his work on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Timor-Leste.

  26. Stronger Systems for Health Security Applied Research Grants

    Stronger Systems for Health Security Applied Research Grants

    Date

  27. Australian support for eliminating malaria and health research in the Indo-Pacific

    Australian support for eliminating malaria and health research in the Indo-Pacific

    Date

    Australia is playing a leading role in supporting malaria elimination efforts, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. The Government's Stronger Systems for Health Security program is supporting practical, relevant research into fundamental health security challenges.

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  2. Davis, K., Remenyi, B., Draper, A., Dos Santos, J., Bayley, N., Paratz, E., Reeves, B., Appelbe, A., Cochrane, A., Johnson, T., Korte, L., Do Rosario, I., Da Silva Almeida, I., Roberts, K., Carapetis, J. & Francis, J.R. (2018). High prevalence of rheumatic heart disease in school students in Timor-Leste: an echocardiography-based prevalence study. Medical Journal of Australia, 208(7): 303-307.
  3. Marr, I., Sarmento, N., O’Brien, M., Lee, K., Gusmao, C., de Castro, G., Janson, S., Tong, S.Y.C., Baird, R.W. & Francis, J.R. (2017). Antimicrobial resistance in urine and skin isolates in Timor-Leste. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 13: 135-138.
  4. Tebano, G., La Martire, G., Sarmento, N. & Francis, J.R. (2018). Antibiotic resistance in Timor-Leste: a systematic review of evidence. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 73(4): 1110-1111.