At their office in the capital, Dili, TLM Timor Leste’s staff works to achieve their vision of seeing an improvement in the quality of life of people affected by leprosy or disabilities and their families.
TLM Timor Leste’s Projects
Timor Leste reached leprosy elimination (less than one case per 10,000 population) in 2011, however, over the past few years the new cases have been increasing. TLM Timor Leste continues in partnership with the Government to work towards leprosy elimination and reduced leprosy-related disability in high-endemic districts, particularly in Dili, Baucau, and Oecusse. In these areas, TLM runs a project that focuses on early diagnosis and treatment, prevention of disability, and greater leprosy awareness in communities.
One of TLM Timor Leste’s most significant achievements has been the development of an independent, national organisation of persons with disabilities and the Association of Disability in Timor Leste, with whom TLM works closely to promote quality of life and full participation in society. A community-based rehabilitation project aims to integrate people affected by leprosy back into the community, particularly through the formation of flourishing self-help groups of people affected by leprosy and by disabilities. TLM’s country leader in Timor Leste is Afliana (Nona) Lisnahan.