Prevention is better than cure

Our penicillin program helps young people with rheumatic heart disease to stay healthy

Education and awareness

From Timor-Leste’s only cardiologist to village health workers, we are supporting skills to improve heart health

Research and advocacy

Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of rheumatic heart disease in the world

We believe that good health should be a universal right.

And we’re working hard to make that happen. Untreated heart disease is one of the biggest health challenges in Timor-Leste.  As well as immediate help for the most critical cases, we are tackling the root causes of poor health in Timor-Leste with research and advocacy and education and prevention projects.

Every donation helps us to mend broken hearts and tackle the root causes of poor heart health in Timor-Leste

See how your donation helps

can help train a health worker in Timor-Leste to be a community heart-health expert
can help us run mothers’ groups in Timor-Leste to get the message out about heart
can pay for a community awareness event to help detect and prevent rheumatic heart disease
can pay for a year of penicillin treatment for 10 patients with early rheumatic heart disease symptoms
can support a community development worker to run a year of rheumatic heart disease information sessions
can cover the average cost of providing a patient with life-saving heart surgery in Australia

Help us do more

1. Fundraise for us

We always achieve more together. Maximise your impact and help us spread the word by organising a fundraising event for your friends and family.

2. Get involved

There are so many ways to become a part of the East Timor Hearts Fund Family and each one of our supporters gets us closer to achieving our vision of a healthy Timor-Leste.

3. Volunteer with us

From our talented medical team through to administration staff and translators, our amazing volunteers make all of this possible.

Champions of our cause

Lin Jong

Anche Cabral, Olympian

Too many young Timorese, especially young women and girls, suffer from heart disease. I want to use my profile as a sportswoman to tell people about avoiding rheumatic heart disease, and how organisations like East Timor Hearts Fund can help.

Lin Jong

Sir Peter Cosgrove, peacekeeping hero

Personally – and I hope for all Australians – the continued progress of the fledgling nation of Timor-Leste is a proud legacy. I encourage anyone who shares my admiration for our neighbours in Timor-Leste to tangibly demonstrate this however they can, including by supporting the vital work of East Timor Hearts Fund.

Lin Jong

Lin Jong, athlete

It’s easy to take health and medical services for granted when you’ve been born in one of the luckiest countries on the planet. But not everyone is so lucky. I’ve seen how life-changing heart surgery can be for our patients. I’m proud to be an ambassador for East Timor Hearts Fund.

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