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 dates: 
  • July 2018 - June 2021
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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. Tatoli | Menzies launch seroprevalance study to describe the extent of immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases

    Tatoli | Menzies launch seroprevalance study to describe the extent of immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases

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    Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies), revealed Covid-19 Vaccination is a very important strategy in Timor-Leste, for protecting people against diseases Measles, Rubella, Hepatitis B, and Dengue epidemiology in Timor-Leste.

  2. Fortalese Sistema Saúde Iha Timor Leste

    Fortalese Sistema Saúde Iha Timor Leste

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    Ohin loron, marka tinan rua dezde Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) ofisialmente estabelese nia eskritóriu ida iha Timor-Leste.

  3. Menzies Affirm To Work Closely With TL Ministry Of Health Strengthening Health Systems

    Menzies Affirm To Work Closely With TL Ministry Of Health Strengthening Health Systems

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    Yesterday marks two years since Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) officially established an office in Timor-Leste and comitted to work with the Timor-Leste Government and partners to strengthen health systems for responding to infectious diseases challenges.

  4. Menzies Marka Tinan Rua Fortalese sistema saúde iha Timor-Leste

    Menzies Marka Tinan Rua Fortalese sistema saúde iha Timor-Leste

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  5. Prezensa Menzies Hodi Fortalese Sistema Saúde iha Timor-Leste

    Prezensa Menzies Hodi Fortalese Sistema Saúde iha Timor-Leste

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    Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) ohin Segunda (13/9/2021) kompleta nia tinan rua ba estabelese nia eskritóriu iha Timor-Leste ho nia objetivu hodi fortalese Sistema saude iha Timor-Leste.

  6. Menzies mantém cooperação com Governo para fortalecer sistema de saúde timorense

    Menzies mantém cooperação com Governo para fortalecer sistema de saúde timorense

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  7. Strengthening health systems in Timor-Leste

    Strengthening health systems in Timor-Leste

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    Today, marks two years since Menzies officially established an office in Timor-Leste, working with the Timor-Leste Government and partners to strengthen health systems for responding to infectious diseases challenges.

  8. Menzies fortalese sistema saúde iha Timor-Leste

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

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

  10. 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

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    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.

  11. Rapid regional assistance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning

    Rapid regional assistance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning

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

  12. Coronavirus assistance to Pacific and Timor-Leste

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    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.

  13. Rheumatic heart disease discussed at national conference

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    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”.

  14. How we can end TB by 2030

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

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  16. Stronger Systems for Health Security Applied Research Grants

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  1. Korte, L., Bowen, A.C., Draper, A., Davis, K., Applebe, A., Da Silva Almeida, I., Do Rosario, I., Dingle, B. & Francis, J.R. (2018). Scabies and impetigo in Timor-Leste: a school screening study in two districts. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(5): e0006400.
  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.