• Ascariasis (roundworm)
  • Trichuriasis (whipworm)
  • Hookworm
  • Lymphatic Filariasis
  • Yaws

Timorese live in areas endemic for Lymphatic Filariasis


children are at risk for intestinal worms

Almost everyone living in Timor-Leste is at risk of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Intestinal worms are common among children, stunting their growth and development and contributing to malnutrition and anemia. Children also suffer from yaws which causes painful skin lesions. Lymphatic filariasis (LF) — caused by parasitic filarial worms and spread by mosquitoes — often goes untreated, leaving people disfigured by severe swelling of the extremities and genitals.

Timor-Leste began a deworming campaign in 2002 called “Lumbriga…mak lae duni!” (Worms...no way!). But the government lacked the resources to expand the NTD campaign and NTDs remain endemic in all 13 districts. But with additional funding and resources to continue the program for five years, Timor-Leste could eliminate LF and yaws across the country and control intestinal worms.

In a country struggling to establish a basic health care system, END7 donations helped train volunteers to deliver medicine and establish regular surveillance of the diseases — including laboratory testing — to ensure the success of the campaign over the next five years.


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After extensive training in the spring of 2014, volunteers delivered medication to those at-risk across the country, from cities to rural hamlets. This mass drug administration (MDA) effort led by the Ministry of Health aimed to reach 85 percent of the at-risk population. In 2014, END7 donors contributed $100,000 towards the program.


The project was planned and led by Timor-Leste's Ministry of Health.


work continues

END7 donations will continue to help maintain and increase outreach and treatment efforts as the government continues this ambitious five-year effort.

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Key Interventions
in Timor-Leste
  • Training

    health workers and volunteers

  • Mass Drug Administration

    to treat entire communities