Surveillance Training, Research Opportunities and National Guidelines for communicable disease control in Timor-Leste - STRONG TL

What we aim to achieve:

A stronger health system in Timor-Leste, more capable of responding to communicable diseases.

How we will achieve it:

Through development and implementation of national communicable disease surveillance guidelines and strengthening of operational research capacity in Timor-Leste.


  • Menzies School of Health Research
  • Northern Territory Department of Health
  • Australian National University
  • Royal Darwin Hospital
  • National Institute of Health – East Timor
  • National University of East Timor



The ongoing transmission of infections and the development of antibiotic resistance pose immense health challenges in Timor-Leste. This project will involve the collaboration of local and international experts to deliver its aims.

Funding: $2,120,000

Program Manager:

Dr Joshua Francis

COVID-19 Response:


Ismael Barreto, Technical Advisor, COVID-19 Laboratory Response, labels samples in the National Health Laboratory in Timor-Leste.

Virginia da Conceicao, Medical Microbiology Scientist, and Dr Josh Francis discuss samples in the National Health Laboratory in Timor-Leste.