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East Timor Hearts Fund

LocationAustralia

Issue AreaHealth

Amount NeededGeneral Support Needed

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Mending Broken Hearts

With no access to local cardiac care, young people in Timor-Leste face disability and premature death from preventable, treatable heart disease.

Many live their entire lives not knowing how it feels to breathe without pain, as their health deteriorates due to heart conditions which can be readily treated in developed countries. Timor-Leste has one of the world’s highest rates of rheumatic heart disease.

However, the good news is that it’s not only treatable but preventable. East Timor Hearts Fund believes that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy good heart health. They are working with the government and health providers in Timor-Leste to help make that happen.

As well as immediate help for the most critical cases, they are tackling the root causes of poor heart health in Timor-Leste with research and advocacy and education and prevention projects.

East Timor Hearts Fund is Australia’s only medical NGO dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery for young people from Timor-Leste, as well as heart-health education, prevention and research projects.

Their fundraising supports life-saving cardiac surgery in Australia and Timor-Leste, rheumatic heart disease prevention programs, health screening clinics, heart health education and supporting research projects.

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