On October 3, 11-year-old Rivaldo da Conceicao received the albendazole tablet at his school in Taibessi through the mass drug administration (MDA) campaign for soil-transmitted worm infection. Within less than an hour of taking the tablet, Rivaldo passed out a 27 centimetres long white worm in the school premises. Rivaldo was the first child in the school who passed out the worm within such a short time, which initially alarmed his teachers. However, they were reassured by the team of health professionals and volunteers who were at the school to support and supervise the drug distribution. “I am not scared nor am I feeling sick,” said Rivaldo with a sheepish smile as he responded surrounded by teachers and doctors having become the center of attraction.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018: The Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) has recently established the first ever perinatal database in Timor-Leste, with technical and logistical support from WHO Country Office.
The database records all admissions, discharges and deaths in the maternity and neonatal departments of HNGV. Subsets of the database include stillbirth and birth defect registries. The HNGV can now readily generate reports for all of these domains for any time period, e.g. quarterly, monthly, annual reports, as well as providing easily accessible and good quality data for key service areas. The system also generates standardised patient discharge summaries, capturing all key clinical data.
Timor-Leste PM gets WHO award
The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Dr Rui Maria de Araújo was conferred the 2016 WHO World No Tobacco Award by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, at a ceremony in Dili on 4 July.
“The award acknowledges Dr Araújo’s outstanding leadership and commitment towards tobacco control. Not only did the Prime Minister take full political ownership, through direct participation he affected change at all levels. He has been instrumental in promoting anti-tobacco messages and driving the message home that the future prosperity of Timor-Leste rests on the good health of all its citizens. Dr Araújo is an inspiration across his country and the Region,” Dr Khetrapal Singh said.