Dili, East Timor – now Timor-Leste.
Fasten seat belt and encounter a unique non-profit healthcare development. The birth of the Bairo Pite Clinic goes back to 1999. And occupation, war, terrible loss of lives. After a long struggle, Timor-Leste claimed to be independent in 1999, holding the first free elections in 2001, one of the youngest nations in the world. The 40’000 years story of this island about 480 kilometers north of Australia with 1.1 mil people reads like a shocking book.
After the war 35% of all healthcare services were destroyed in 1999. One year before American born Dr. Dan Murphy arrived in Dili. Faced with the suffering all around Dr. Murphy set up a makeshift clinic in an abandoned Indonesian military clinic. So he became the founder and medical director of the later Bairo Pite Clinic as the only non-indonesian doctor at the time.
With a little or no help provided since the incredible beginnings the Bairo Pite Clinic reaches out for help still today. They have an easy to participate web-based Donate, Volunteer and Fundraise function.
Today you’ll find several healthcare services in Timor-Leste. When it comes to a story which touches your heart, it must be the Bairo Pite Clinic.
About 250 to 300 patients every day, some 7800 a month
Some 70 employees (including 4 international)
55 inpatient beds
The lab performs more than 2000 analyses per month
Infant mortality: 16 times higher than Australia or the UK
Video: Make a difference – Help Bairo Pite Clinic of 2012
One of the specials: Mobile clinics with some 400 assignments a year
Healthcare is unstoppable and the need for healthcare too. Now and then, one person or a group of people encounter a grim moment where people need help, need healthcare. And they roll up their sleeves and get things done. 100% commitment, high professionalism, impossible improvisation. The outstanding work of Dr. Murphy and the Bairo Pite Clinic reminded me of the Swiss Henry Dunant which founded the Red Cross after observing the suffering after a battle in northern Italy.
Dear Dr. Murphy, team and everyone involved in Dili – lots of power, lots of success, you are doing a phenomenally job.