We work with the Timor-Leste Government and partners to strengthen health systems for responding to infectious diseases challenges. Our projects in Timor-Leste have been designed to build capacity in clinical, surveillance and laboratory settings, emphasising the importance of the health system working together to improve response to infectious diseases at both the individual patient and the public health level.

Through these projects, research has been used as a tool to understand epidemiology of disease and investigate the potential impact of changes to the system. Through the work of the Fleming Fund country grant, the work expanded to take on a One Health approach, supporting human health and animal health work to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance in Timor-Leste. Since 2020, the work of the STRONG TL project expanded significantly to include major support for the response to COVID-19 in Timor-Leste.

In 2021, we implemented another project called ARIA-RISE which is a collaboration between the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Menzies and the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health. It aims to provide information about the epidemiology of COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases by conducting serological surveillance in Timor-Leste. Our most recent project, MATCH TL, will strengthen diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases in Timor-Leste. This project will work closely alongside the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health to improve access to, and quality of, laboratory diagnostic testing for Malaria, Tuberculosis (TB), COVID-19, and HIV.

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Ami servisu hamutuk ho Governu Timor-Leste no parseiru sira hodi fortalese sistema saúde atu hatán ba moras infeksiozu nia dezafiu sira. Ami nia projetu iha Timor-Leste projetadu ona atu hasa’e kapasidade servisu iha fasilidade klinikal, vijilánsia no laboratóriu sira, subliña kona-ba importánsia husi sistema saúde nian ne’ebé hala’o servisu hamutuk hodi mellora resposta ba moras infeksiozu sira, tantu ba pasiente individual no mós nível saúde públiku.

Liu husi projetu sira ne’e, uza ona peskiza hanesan instrumentu ida hodi kompriende epidemiolojia moras nian no investiga impaktu potensiál husi mudansa sistema nian. Liu husi servisu Fleming Fund country grant, servisu ne’e expande ona hodi asume abordagem One Health nian, suporta servisu saúde humana no saúde animal nian hodi hasoru dezafiu sira husi rezisténsia antimikróbiu iha Timor-Leste. Desde 2020, servisu projetu STRONG TL nian expande ona signifikativamente inklui apoiu bo’ot hodi fó resposta ba moras COVID-19 iha Timor-Leste.

Iha tinan 2021, ami implementa projetu ida tan ho naran ARIA-RISE ne’ebé mak hanesan kolaborasaun entre Sentru Nasionál ba Peskiza Imunizasaun no Vijilánsia, Menzies no Ministerio da Saúde Timor-Leste. Nia objetivu mak atu fornese informasaun kona-ba epidemiolojia COVID-19 nian no moras sira seluk ne’ebé bele prevene ho vasina liu husi realiza vijilánsia serological iha Timor-Leste. Ami nia projetu mais resente, MATCH TL sei reforsa diagnóstiku no vijilánsia ba moras infeksiozu sira iha Timor-Leste. Projetu ida ne’e sei servisu besik liu ho Ministerio da Saúde Timor-Leste hodi mellora asesu, no kualidade husi teste diagnóstiku laboratóriu ba Malária, Tuberkuloze (TBC), COVID-19 no HIV.