Research and advocacy

The peer-reviewed results of landmark research commissioned by East Timor Hearts Fund into Rheumatic Heart Disease in Timor-Leste have now been published. 


The study has found that our neighbours in Timor-Leste endure amongst the world’s highest rates of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), a treatable, preventable condition. Girls are the worst affected.

What are we doing about it?

Here are just some of the programs that we can run and expand with the generous assistance of our supporters:

  • Delivering a locally coordinated program to provide life-saving penicillin to those with early symptoms, to stop them developing RHD.
  • Rolling out community education sessions to help local people and health professionals recognise and act on the symptoms and causes of rheumatic heart disease.
  • Providing training scholarships and other support to health professionals in Timor-Leste, and supporting our friends Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares, including the establishment of its first cardiac care ward.
  • Arranging life-saving heart surgery in Australia for the most critical cases.
  • Raising our voice on global stage to work with our friends in the Government of Timor-Leste and the international community to end the avoidable tragedy of RHD in Timor-Leste.
  • Partnering with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health and the Timor-Leste World Heath Organisation to develop and deliver the nation's first rheumatic heart disease action plan.

At East Timor Hearts Fund we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy good heart health.

Get involved!

Here's how you can support our the fight against rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste:

Donate. We receive no government support. Your donation will help us save lives and tackle the root causes of poor heart health in Timor-Leste.

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Rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste – the facts

Get informed!

Broken Hearts in Timor-Leste – read the research summary online

Study summary (English) (PDF download)

Links and downloads

Media release - English (PDF download)

Media release - English (read online)

Media release - Tetum (PDF download)

Media release - Tetum (read online)

Read the full study (external link)

Study summary (Tetum) (PDF download)