**An Update from Dr Noel in Dili**
On behalf of East Timor Hearts Fund today I had the privilege of handing over a donated cardiac ultrasound machine to Guido Valadares National Hospital in Dili.
Dr Mendes Pinto, Director of Diagnostic and Logistics, and Timor-Leste’s first cardiologist, Dr Andre Montiero, accepted the gift.
This device is essential for diagnosis and management of cardiac disease, especially rheumatic valvular disease, so common in this country.
Until now, this major hospital had no functional, high quality cardiac imaging equipment. So we're proud to be responsible for addressing this need, and also grateful for the generosity of the donors.
We have also sourced the necessary equipment to provide Dili National with a coronary care unit, the country's first. This will be installed early next year.
We are very proud to assist our Timorese colleagues in this way, as a crucial part of our long-term plan to support an improvement in the cardiac health of this wonderful country.
Dr Noel Bayley,
Honorary medical adviser