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Bairo Pite Clinic

Bairo Pite Clinic

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Working to change the health of Asia’s newest nation – Timor-Leste, through a medical clinic providing free health care services.

The Bairo Pite Clinic aims to address the multitude of serious health issues currently affecting 1.3 million people in Timor-Leste, with an audacious goal to help change the health of a nation. With Timor-Leste in desperate need of primary health care, the Bairo Pite Clinic group of Australian doctors are highly motivated to provide newly-trained Timorese doctors with high quality learning environments in which to develop their clinical skills. 

2017 Pitch
Funds raised: $139,060

On 1 March 2017, Bairo Pite Clinic pitched at TFN Sydney seeking funding assistance to finance the expansion of consulting rooms and a training centre, with a goal to eventually be able to pay the salaries of the Timorese doctors that they employ. 

The impact...

There is a unique tragedy in the pain of people suffering from preventable diseases and situations, and Timor has its fair share. Dr Chris Fenton’s powerful pitch at TFN Live in Sydney in March 2017 reminded the audience of the desperate situation in Timor – our second closest neighbour - where they have the highest maternal-infant (mother child) mortality rate in the Asia Pacific region. Their Ministry of Health has a budget of only approximately $70 million,  which equates to 15c a day per person. Needless to say, this doesn’t scratch the surface of what is needed. The Bairo Pite Clinic, now called Maluk Timor*, challenged TFN’s donor network to dig deep and they responded.


Thanks to the funding raised on the night they were able to pay the salaries of 100 of their staff and provide critical medical care to hundreds of patients a day. In short, they were able to treat close to 27,000 patients thanks to the support of the donors on the night. Importantly, the dedicated Timorese staff finally felt heard, empowered and supported by their mates in Australia.

Sidalia's feelings following the night were something that really resonated. She felt less alone in the struggles of her people. She has shared the TFN experience with many compatriots. Both Lidia and Sidalia found it amazing and heartwarming that people wanted to give to help support Timor Leste. They understand how hard it is to raise the money needed to do this vital work and take their jobs very seriouslyHelen Moorfoot, Maluk Timor

*Explained in the Impact Report

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