Fourth Year Medics Fundraising for East Timor
We are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the Bairo Pite Clinic (www.http://bairopiteclinic.org), an NGO health clinic that we are volunteering for during our medical elective in July. The clinic is located in the capital of East Timor and is dedicated to improving health care for the people of this impoverished country, considered to be the poorest country in Asia.
The clinic was set up in 1999 as a disaster relief effort in a war-ravaged country, which lacked even the most basic health care. Today, Bairo Pite is the busiest clinic in the country — a remarkable accomplishment given a shoestring budget and woefully inadequate facilities.
Whilst out there, we will help to diagnose and treat a huge variety of conditions, such as TB, HIV and malaria, as well as assisting in deliveries, vaccination programmes and outreach clinics. The 6 of us will be working 11 hour days, 6/7 days a week, and will be helping to treat and care for an average of 540 patients every day. This will be a huge challenge, especially as we are used to the readily available support and supplies we have in the UK!
Donations are integral to the clinic’s operation, which is why we are hoping to contribute by rasing money for them. Anything you can give will make a huge difference to the ongoing care of the people of East Timor.
Thank you very much,
Charlie, Daisy, Jayne, Orla, Stef & Nini
4th Year Medical Students
University of Liverpool