Our impact

For every dollar you invest, we create $9 in benefits

Our supporters have seen the results of our work. Results like 14 year old Ana Clarita, who arrived in Australia in June 2014 critically ill and weighing only 24 kilos, now thriving and back at school.

We’ve assisted almost 30 patients since our informal establishment in late 2010, with positive outcomes for all.

To confirm our effectiveness, recently we commissioned an independent social return on investment study, a social cost-benefit analysis designed to measure the value of the health and social impacts created by organisations like ours.

The good news is that the research concluded that our model is highly effective and highly cost effective. The study found that for every dollar invested, our program returns $9 in health and social benefits.

This means that our supporters can give with confidence, knowing that every dollar they contribute not only changes individual lives, but provides social benefits many times over.

The study, conducted by Melbourne researchers Synergistiq, made the following findings:

  • Average estimated additional years of life: 32
  • Average quality of life increase: 89 per cent
  • Average additional ‘quality of life years’: 28
  • Value of additional years of life per patient: AU$66,304 per patient (Australian equivalent $1.3 million)
  • Social return on investment: AU$1 : AU$9

One of our patients told the researchers:

“Since the surgery I do not feel tired any more, the pains I had on my chest are gone, I can breathe so much easier now. I feel wonderful! I am now a mother of a three-month old baby daughter. When I look at her I thank God and East Timor Hearts Fund for giving me the second chance in life.”

And while you can’t put a value on this sort of transformation, we think it is good for us, and good for our supporters and partners, to have evidence of the benefits of our approach.

To find out more you can download the document, or read it online.

Case study

Nurse Teresinha

Paediatric nurse and mother of one Teresinha had surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2016 to correct a congenital heart defect. Now, she has returned to work at Guido Valadares National Hospital in Dili. Read more.


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