Our mission is to effectively end the number of deaths and transmissions related to TB in Timor-Leste. The vision that drives us is quality healthcare for all.
In collaboration with Bairo Pite Clinic, we launched an initiative called Doorstep Treatment Support to transform the delivery of TB care in Timor-Leste. We train local healthcare workers to visit patients and their families at their homes as a way to see each patient’s TB treatment to completion. It’s a patient-centered program that aims to make TB care more flexible and responsive to the needs of each patient and to raise awareness and keep the communities safe from TB.
I grew up in rural Thailand, helping my grandfather sell home-grown mangoes on the side of the road at age 10. With our profits, we bought medicine and delivered it to the local farmers in our village. They would thank us and sometimes even offer a share of their harvest. It’s one of the fondest memories I have.
Since then, I wanted to become a physician and help make healthcare more accessible. I immigrated to the U.S. with my family in 2003 with the same dream in mind and pursued pre-med in college. There I was in my freshman year — I had the urge to travel, gain a new perspective, and make an impact in whatever small capacity I could as a student.
That all became a reality when I spent a summer in Timor-Leste. I learned about its rich history — how, despite having suffered from foreign occupation for hundreds of years, Timor-Leste had the courage and determination to rebuild itself. I volunteered at Bairo Pite Clinic, a free health care center located right in the capital, and met remarkable people — staff members and patients alike.
The country’s grandeur aside, I also learned that many Timorese had active TB which left their children vulnerable to contagion. The clinic trained local healthcare workers to provide care to their community, but resources were limited.
I was determined to strengthen the clinic’s impact when I returned to the U.S. at the end of that summer. I rallied friends with different talents and we formed Project Plus One in partnership with the clinic. Together, we believe that, with a little bit of help, the people of Timor-Leste could end their cycle of TB, one life at a time.
We’re asking you to join us. Your contribution makes a difference, whether through your time, talent or resources.