The services provided by Klibur Domin include: TB testing and treatment in four remote Districts; MDRTB (Multi Drug Resistant TB) treatment for the whole of Timor; Community Based Rehabilitation program; accommodation for disability students, female mental health patients, respite for hospital patients – to/from; new Covid testing and education program; ACU Physio and OT Student placement program, Dental Clinic and oral health education for schools; Outpatient medical clinic; emergency transport to/from hospital.
KD’s accommodation is virtually full, with 11 disability students in Garton Cottage, 6 females in Barbara Cottage mental health facility, 5 patients on dialysis or malnutrition in Cottage One, 32 TB patients in Cottages Two three and Four, 5 patients in the two MDRTB cottages, 5 physio and respite patients in St Damien’s Cottage, plus 33 carers living with patients. In addition there is one volunteer and two overnight nurses in Fr Burns Cottage and two volunteers in Newton Cottage (originally known as Volunteer Cottage/Rotary Cottage 1). KD finally got an opportunity to recognize the naming of Fr Burns and Newton Cottages, officiated by our President Dr Rui Araujo.
The third (ex) volunteer cottage will be used by the Covid 19 testing and education team, funded by a UK grant.
KD will participate in a placement of nursing students from UNTL (University), attending to mental health patients. This will involve some 90 students for 2-3 months – three shifts a day. In June we will have a virtual placement of ACU Melbourne O.T. students over four weeks. Various other groups of school and professional
students regularly visit KD as part of school or training curriculum.
Whilst the state of Timor-Leste’s major roads is gradually improving, this is of little benefit to KD as we mostly support communities in rural and remote Districts. This causes KD’s vehicles to take quite a battering. Unfortunately, the recent significant increase in fuel costs is not factored in to grant funding, placing further financial pressure on KD.
The Klibur Domin compound is now very well secured against any major flood events thanks to the generous contributors to the Flood Appeal. Support has been provided to many Tibar community members with a little more still to hand out for re-building projects, plus an additional extension to gabion cage creek-side wall on the eastern boundary.
Joaquim Soares, Klibur Domin Director and John Kirby, Klibur Domin Liaison Project Officer