2011 Christmas Appeal

Our Latest Appeal: Sidara Clinic Christmas 2011 Appeal

In Timor-Leste women have a 1 in 35 chance of dying in childbirth or from pregnancy related complications compared to Australian women who face a 1 in 13,300 risk (UNICEF, State of the World’s Children Report 2009).

Medical support increases the survival rates of both mothers and their babies; the staff of Sidara Clinic in the hills east of Dili have been doing everything they can – but they need better resources. The electricity supply in Hera is unreliable and during the wet season the town is cut off from access to Dili (and the national hospital) by the flooded river.

LL&H volunteer and Midwife Hayley Gosling has been coordinating our support to the clinic and wrote to us on behalf of the staff of the Sidara Clinic:

“Through community demand in the area, Senhora Branca Maria Lopes (who is now the Director, Midwife and General Manager) started practicing under the tree out the front seven years ago. The clinic now consists of three small buildings, and one outside traditional building for morning prayers. The clinic is very clean, basic but functional. They run an antenatal clinic, a general family health/GP clinic and a clinic for the elderly. They refer to Dili National Hospital on a regular basis as required.”

Since launching our appeal for the Sidara Clinic in July this year we have raised enough to fund a back up power system for the clinic (required to prevent any more babies being born by candlelight) and provided linen, birthing mats and some simple medical equipment. The clinic still needs:

1. an oxygen cylinder with dial/vial
2. a sterilizer or small autoclave for birthing equipment such as forceps
3. a Doppler
4. anti-bacterial soap

If you have any of these items that you could donate, LL&H can arrange their transport from Melbourne to Hera. Please contact Luke Gosling on +61 (0)400 232 719 or lukejgosling@gmail.com

Or you can make a tax-deductible donation towards the cost of these items and ongoing requirements such as pregnancy vitamin powdered milk. Please visit our Donations page.