Bakhita Community Medical Clinic
The Bakhita Community Medical Clinic is located in the village
of Eraulo in the district of Ermera, East Timor. St John of God
Health Care has provided support to the clinic since 2007;
programs throughout the district, funding local clinic staff,
employing a clinic coordinator and supplying fuel for ambulances
and a generator.
Supported by the Timorese Ministry of Health (MOH), the clinic
was built by the community with direct support from fundraising
organisations in Australia. It is funded locally through the
President’s Office and also from Australia through St John of God
Health Care, East Timor Sunrise and Rotary International.
In addition to our nursing and pathology development programs in
East Timor, St John of God Health Care supports this
community-based health service because it provides essential care
for a very remote population.
Our ongoing support of the Bakhita Community Medical Clinic has
included provision of motorcycles for health workers to access
patients in the more inaccessible parts of the surrounding area.
This cuts journey times significantly and means health workers are
much more efficient in responding to the needs of the local
St John of God Health Care has also engaged
communities in Australia, who have played an important role in
fundraising for maternity care packs to be provided to families
with newborn babies. These care packs provide basic, yet essential,
items for parents to care for their babies immediately after
We are committed to supporting the Bakhita Community Medical
Clinic in order for this important service to build its capacity
to provide the primary health care needs of people in the
community in a sustainable manner with the ultimate goal of
enabling the clinic to become self-sufficient in the long term.
Key information on our
development work in East Timor.