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The Order of Malta Clinic is funded entirely by donations. Please support our work.

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Name: Order of Malta
Account: 3796 09856
BSB: 012 003

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‘The Order of Malta’

Please sent to:
Order of Malta Clinic , Timor-Leste
33 – 37 West Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010


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Name: SMOM Medical Unipessoal LDA
Account: 350067
BSB: 018950
IBAN: TL38 0300 0000 0003 5006 272


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Ordem de Malta Jape A Lem Memorial Clinic
Unit #301 – Level 1
Dili Central, Rua de Bebonuk
Comoro, Dili, Timor LestePlease sent to: Order of Malta Clinic , Timor-Leste
33 – 37 West Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
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One of the World’s Least Developed Countries

Timor-Leste became the first new sovereign state of the 21st Century in 2002, following 30 years of occupation by Indonesia.

At that time, Timor-Leste experienced some of the worst health standards and life expectancy in the Asia-Pacific region, including diseases and conditions which have been eradicated in Australia and elsewhere.

Since independence, there has been a massive improvement in both healthcare and life expectancy, with a combination of local infrastructure and aid funded programs.

Nonetheless, there are still significant gaps to be addressed, particularly in maternal and early childhood (neonatal) healthcare


Language: Tetum, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, English

Religion: Christian (mostly Roman Catholic)

Currency: U.S. Dollar

GDP per Capita: U.S. $5,800

Literacy Percent: 41

Life Expectancy: 62.5

Infant mortality rate total: 38.79 deaths/1,000 live births

Total fertility rate: 5.11 children born/woman

Age Structure:
0-14 years: 42.4%
15-24 years: 19.18%
25-54 years: 29.3%
55-64 years: 4.8%
65 years and over: 3.7%

One of the world’s least developed countries

  • More than 40% of the population lives below the poverty line of USD 88 cents a day.
  • One of the highest rates of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth in Asia – 1% of infants still die before age 5, almost ten times Australia’s rate of infant mortality1.
  • In Dili, 39.2% of children under five are substantially below average weight for their age – this figure becomes substantially worse outside the capital2.
  • 45% of pregnant women in Timor-Leste do not have access to antenatal care3.
  • Limited access to clean water and sanitation contributes to the spread of infectious diseases such as diarrhoea, which can be fatal.
  • Malaria is endemic in all districts with the highest morbidity and mortality rates reported in
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem with an estimated 8,000 active TB cases


The Order of Malta Clinic offers so much opportunity to assist the people of Timor- Leste. The services it will offer will enable the Timorese people to access health care that would otherwise be unavailable or unaffordable.

[1] Accessed September 2017

[2] Defined as at least two standard deviations below the mean: 2009-10 data. Via Accessed September 2017

[3] Vishnu Khanal et al, “Under-utilization of antenatal care services in Timor-Leste: results from Demographic and Health Survey 2009-10”, Biomed Central Pregnancy & Childbirth, 2015 (15:211)

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