A message from our CEO
Top researcher and clinician Dr Josh Francis joins East Timor Hearts Fund
I am delighted that Australian researcher and clinician Dr Josh Francis has officially joined the East Timor Hearts Fund as our honorary rheumatic heart disease adviser. Dr Francis has a long history working on rheumatic heart disease in Australia and Timor-Leste, and is also a long-time East Timor Hearts Fund supporter and collaborator.
Dr Francis is a paediatric infectious disease specialist at Royal Darwin Hospital and an honorary clinical fellow with the Menzies School of Health Research, one of Australia’s leading medical research organisations.
Dr Francis was the project leader for the landmark rheumatic heart disease prevalence study that East Timor Hearts Fund funded and coordinated, along with project partners in Timor-Leste and Australia. The study’s peer-reviewed findings, published last month, confirmed that Timor-Leste has one of the world’s highest rates of rheumatic heart disease, with one in 28 people overall and one in 20 girls affected.
I am thrilled to have Dr Francis join us in this new role as we continue the fight to eliminate rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste. You can read more about Josh on our website.