The Changing Face of Leprosy in Timor-Leste
Although leprosy was declared eliminated as a public health problem in Timor-Leste in 2010, a heavy burden of the disease remains in districts Oecusse, Dili and Baucau. On January 31st, 2014, senior representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste, and WHO, travelled to Oecusse to commemorate World Leprosy Day and meet with recovered leprosy patients to learn more about their experiences of this disease.
New SEARO Regional Director appointed
The World Health Organization Executive Board, currently holding its 134th session in Geneva, Switzerland, has appointed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh as the new WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia. She will take up her new post on 1 February 2014, succeeding Dr Samlee Plianbangchang who has served as SEARO Regional Director for the past 10 years.
In December 2013, WHO supported the third HINARI training programme in Timor-Leste. HINARI (Access to Research in Health Programme) enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical and health literature online. Several institutions in Timor-Leste have registered for free access to HINARI including the Ministry of Health, research institutes, the national hospitals, university libraries and the National Health Library.
EU-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership Launched in Timor-Leste
EU-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership was launched in Timor-Leste in May 2013. The overall objective of this programme is to improve health sector results in selected countries through support to the development and implementation of robust national health policies, strategies and plans (NHPSP) to increase coverage with essential health services, financial risks protection and health equity; improvement of technical and institutional capacities, knowledge and information for health systems and services adaptation and related policy dialogues; and fostering international and national stakeholders to be increasingly aligned around National Health Policies Plans and adhere to other aid effectiveness principles.