Timor Leste Vaccination Project – Port Philip Rotary

In conjunction with representatives of Spend it Well, local National Government Organization, Sabeh and the Australian Government representative in TL coordinating the Australian Government response to COVID19, our Club initiated a project running over a two-week period, to administer one dose of the vaccine to approximately 5,000 to 6,000 people.

The team of 30 volunteers left Dili on Monday 4 October and 22 arrived at the Balibo Fort Hotel (a Rotary Project) after midnight on Monday (they did medical check-ups at Batugarde during the day). The Hotel kindly provided their conference centre as a vaccination hub. The other volunteers travelled directly to several remote villages.

Dr Andre, Head of the Sabeh, reported that the medical treatment SABEH was doing alongside the vaccinations appears to be very important as well. Dr Andre said they’ve seen a lot of people living in pain rather than going to a health centre for treatment.  They’ve also highlighted the need for a school health program, having seen a lot of children suffering from malnutrition, tooth decay and vision problems.  They are connecting those with tooth issues to the dental clinic at the Balibo Community Learning Centre.

The following photos show our Club, partners, supporters and donors are “Making a Difference” and saving lives.