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Dermatology in East Timor
March 27, 2015 9:00 AM - September 30, 2019 5:00 PM

Help East Timor

 

Support the Foundation’s dermatology connection, Dermatology in Timor Leste (DiTL)

In September 2015, Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon and then dermatology registrar Dr Niyati Sharma travelled to East Timor to pursue a number of potential connections. They travelled with general practitioner Dr Sue English, who had established a charity, the Bayside Friends of the Salesian Missions in East Timor and who had worked previously with the Salesians orphanage in Venilale. Rosemary, Niyati and Sue spent a week at the Baro Pite Clinic in Dili, which had been established over 20 years previously by an American general practitioner, Dr Dan Murphy. Rosemary and Niyati ran several dermatology clinics there and also at the orphanage in Venilale. They also had the opportunity to visit a remote area where there was a severe scabies outbreak but there was a complete lack of treatment together with a co-ordinated approach to the the problem.

Rosemary and Niyati also met with the dermatologists at the National Hospital, including Dr Odete da Viegas and Dr Terlinda Barros. On her return to Australia, Rosemary established this fund and facilitated Terlinda traveling to a regional dermatology meeting, as well as supporting the work of Dr Sue English and the Baro Pite Clinic. 

In 2016, dermatologist Dr Julia Rhodes and then NSW dermatology registrar Dr Rebecca Saunderson travelled to Dili. They also spent time at the Baro Pite clinic and in a scabies endemic area. They believed that creating a WhatsApp group would be a more effective way of assisting the locals with the diagnoses of some of the more difficult skin problems. In the meantime, lack of access to reliable and cost-effective histopathology remains an impediment to dermatology services.

In 2017, the Australian supporters of the former Baro Pite Clinic established a new platform, Maluk Timor, with the aim of supporting a number of public health measures in East Timor. They do not have scabies treatment on their direct agenda, so our group, DiTL, has recently formed a loose coalition to advance the cause of scabies eradication. A recent publication from one of the group members, Dr Josh Francis, has highlighted high rates of rheumatic heart disease in East Timor and skin infections, often caused by scabies, are a major contributing cause of this problem.

We will continue to progress the agenda of scabies eradication, and in addition, our group will support dermatologists from Dili travelling to a regional dermatology meeting in Surabaya in August 2018.

 

We seek your assistance for this ongoing work.
 

Rosemary Nixon AM
(142 days ago)
$2,000
Harini Bala
(665 days ago)
Thank you for all the incredible work that you are doing in this world Ro!
$1,000
SD
(731 days ago)
I'd like my donation to go to the East Timor project.
$200
Alvin Chong
(849 days ago)
Doing great work here Ro!
$100
Diane Cornish
(1065 days ago)
Good on you, Ro!
$100
Allison Morris and Ronne Ness
(1066 days ago)
$100
Michele Colman
(1072 days ago)
Donation in honour of Dr Rosemary Nixon's birthday
$50
Barry Plummer
(1073 days ago)
$50
Jennifer McKenzie
(1073 days ago)
$100
Nicole Newton
(1073 days ago)
$60
Dianne Scanlon
(1073 days ago)
$50
Catherine Sanderson
(1074 days ago)
$100
Anonymous
(1075 days ago)
$120
Mei Tam
(1075 days ago)
$360
Anonymous
(1076 days ago)
$50
Evelyn Bender
(1077 days ago)
$100
Catherine Drummond
(1077 days ago)
$100
Virginia Nixon
(1082 days ago)
$50
Kath
(1087 days ago)
Great work Ro!
$50
Chris Arnold
(1087 days ago)
$500
Chris & Anna Snell
(1091 days ago)
$150
Celeste
(1153 days ago)
$40
Kamal sandhu
(1168 days ago)
Best wishes.. Keep up the good work
$500
Ryan De Cruz
(1168 days ago)
$100
Belinda Welsh
(1181 days ago)
$200
Peter Monaghan
(1194 days ago)
$100
Anonymous
(1198 days ago)
$5,000
Anonymous
(1198 days ago)
$5,000
Rowena Meani
(1237 days ago)
$50
Steve Ashton
(1259 days ago)
$250
Rosemary Nixon
(1259 days ago)
$300
Rashi
(1283 days ago)
$20
Category: Donations
Tags: baro pite clinic, dermatology, east timor, maluk timor, scabies eradication, venilale,
$16,950
raised of $50,000 goal
317 days left
55 donations