Bakhita Community Medical Clinic - Timor-Leste
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;
administering health 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 birth.
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.
Unique model of care
The Bakhita Community Medical Clinic is a unique model in Timor,
consisting of a partnership between the community, the Catholic
Church, the Ministry of Health and private funders. The clinic
provides the surrounding community much needed basic health care
that would otherwise not be available without patients walking
several hours to alternative clinics in surrounding areas.