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Timor-Leste: Better Medical Supply Management Improves Lives

Access to basic health services

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Dili, Timor-Leste, January 8, 2015 – The journey from the remote town of Covalima to Fatumea Sub-district near the border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia (West Timor), can only be made via a steep, narrow and winding road which, despite only being 38 kilometers (23.6 miles), can take more than two hours, reports The World Bank

In spite of this, people in this secluded part of the country have access to basic health services, with a community health center located in Fatumea. The center has two doctors, two nurses, a midwife and a pharmacist who passionately serve more than 3,000 people in the area.

Maria Mendonca, a mother of six living in Fatumea, has witnessed the significant changes Timor-Leste has experienced since independence, including the creation of infrastructure where previously there was none.

“Healthcare standards here have improved over the last decade – now, we have health facilities, doctors, nurses and midwives in our village. We don’t need to go to the district hospital for a medical checkup or normal treatment anymore,” she said.> source: WB more...

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