Health Programs


Timor-Leste is a small country in Southeast Asia and covers a total area of 14,919 square kilometers. It occupies primarily the eastern half of the island of Timor, with West Timor being part of the Republic of Indonesia.

Timor-Leste is divided into 13 administrative districts, 65 sub-districts and 442 Sucos/villages and 2,225 aldeias/hamlets (DHS 2009/10). Dili is the capital and it is the largest city and the main port.

The population is currently estimated at 1,066,582 (with male =  541,147 and female = 525,435) with an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent between the 2004 Census and the 2010 Census (NSD, 2010).

The Government of Timor-Leste through the Ministry of Health, is committed at the highest level to achieve the health of population with its visit Health  East Timorese people in a healthy Timor-Leste and its mission Ensuring availability, accessibility and affordable health services for all Timorese people, regulating the health sector and promoting community and broad-based stakeholder participation For the implementation activities using two approaches such as: Basic Service Packages through Community Health Centres, Health Posts, Mobile Clinics and SISCa and Hospital Services Packages through National and Referral Hospitals in all of territory. All the services are free for all. Tertiary care has been collaborating with our neighborhood countries such as Australia, Singapore and Indonesia.


One Vision many Hand, promoting a Primary Health Care Policy for Healthy Timorese in a Healthy Timor-Leste.
Our Health is in Our Own Hands.

Despite efforts by Government through Ministry of Health has been done, but Community, particularly in remote areas are still facing problems to access health care assistance due to various constraints. As a response to these issues of difficult geography and distance, the Ministry of Health explored possible solutions which could be applied in Timor-Leste. It was based on the notion that every Timorese citizen has the right to get assistance in the area of health promotion, prevention of diseases, treatment of sicknesses and rehabilitation, in order to achieve and maintain a healthy life.  These solutions needed to be feasible, sustainable and appropriate for the unique context of this country and its people. Thus emerged the idea of a community-based integrated package of health assistance, called SISCa or ervicoIntegrado da Comunitaria.