Our Vision

Reduce death and disability from rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste through excellence in research, prevention, treatment and capacity building

The 2021-2024 plan builds on our decade of achievements, and continues to be delivered primarily by volunteers.

Goal 1: Help grow the capacity of Timor-Leste to deliver quality heart health care.

  1. Work towards eradication of rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste by developing and funding research to advance understanding of heart disease and its prevention in Timor-Leste.
  2. Augment clinical skills in, and relevant to, cardiology in Timor-Leste, including paediatric cardiology.
  3. Enhance delivery of training and skills development for allied healthcare and other support professionals in Timor-Leste.
  4. Improve access to essential medical supplies and equipment to build capability in the Timor-Leste heart health system.

Goal 2: Save more lives through access to surgery.

  1. Establish in-country presence to enhance patient management, clinical administration and surgical program support.
  2. Expand our hospital network to six to double our capacity for patient surgeries.
  3. Extend our telehealth service delivery, such as for regional clinics.
  4. Increase paediatric cardiac surgery capacity.
  5. Partner with an international organisation to deliver an in-country open heart surgical program.

Goal 3: Partner with leading local organisations to prevent and reduce the burden of heart disease in Timor-Leste.

  1. Work with partner organisations to develop and support implementation of an RHD action plan for Timor-Leste.
  2. Deliver education, awareness and hygiene programs that contribute to elimination of RHD.
  3. Work with partner organisations to enhance women and children’s heart health in Timor-Leste.
  4. Continue to deliver prophylaxis and collaborate in the development of new prevention programs.
  5. Collaborate with and support local organisations whose work has the capacity for a positive impact on the social and economic causes of RHD.

Goal 4: Strengthen our organisation and grow our community of supporters.

  1. Expand our donor base in Australia, Timor-Leste and the USA to support our program ambitions.
  2. Implement initiatives to make our values live with our volunteers, staff, donors and community.
  3. Identify and meet technology needs to support future service delivery.
  4. Improve our access to advice from experts and community stakeholders in Timor-Leste.
  5. Increase engagement among individuals and organisations with an interest in our work.
  6. Ensure continued high standards of clinical governance and clinical data management.

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