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
- Professor Anna Ralph - Menzies School of Health Research
- Professor David Brewster
- Professor Nelson Martins
- Professor Joao Martins
- Professor Ross Andrews
- Associate Professor Vicki Krause
- Dr Nicholas Coatsworth
- Associate Professor Rob Baird
- Dr Nicholas Fancourt
- Professor Peter McMinn
- Dr Ismael Barreto
- Dr Ines Da Silva Almeida
- Associate Professor Martyn Kirk
- Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan - Menzies School of Health Research
- Dr Peter Markey
- Dr Vijaya Joshi
- Associate Professor Dianne Stephens
- Professor Kim Mulholland
- July 2018 - June 2021
- Timor-Leste Ministry of Health
- Maluk Timor
- Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control
- Royal Darwin Hospital Laboratory
- World Health Organization Timor-Leste
|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|
|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.|
Tatoli | Menzies launch seroprevalance study to describe the extent of immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases
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.
Ohin loron, marka tinan rua dezde Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) ofisialmente estabelese nia eskritóriu ida iha Timor-Leste.
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.
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.
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.
On RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly and guest Dr Josh Francis.
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.
The Australian Government is working closely with partners to support a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Pacific.
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.
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”.
A regional research collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research has been highly productive in building capacity in PNG and Indonesia,.
This research was conducted as part of several initiatives led by a Menzies-Burnet regional consortium in partnership with institutions in Indonesia and PNG.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.