On average the clinic still sees 300+ patients per day, with
a strict policy that every patient must be seen.
Currently, there are thirty-two Timorese staff that help run BPC
—ranging from nurses, midwives, nurse assistants, lab technicians
and administrative staff. Patients come in for a variety of services,
such as childhood immunizations, prenatal care, dental care, emergency
care, and curative health care for conditions such as malaria,
tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, and respiratory illnesses. BPC
has ten out-patient beds for patients requiring hydration, close
monitoring or intensive antibiotic therapy. BPC also has ten in-patient
beds serving as a tuberculosis ward for those patients that are
too sick or live too far away to start tuberculosis treatment
The services provided include:
- Outpatient consultations: around 300+ per day
- Inpatient ward: 10 bed capacity
- Tuberculosis ward: 10 bed capacity
- Tuberculosis dispensary room
- Dental Technician and Assistant
- Emergency Room
- Maternity ward: 6 patient capacity and antenatal care
- Pharmacy: dispenses free medicines
- Laboratory: Conducts malaria, TB and HIV testing, full blood counts, urine analysis and stool samples. Funded and managed by Aid International Missions (AIM)
- Immunisation program
- Social work service
- Kitchen: to provide food for inpatients
During 2004 there were 99 009 general consultations,
5478 maternity consultations, 2728 babies and 2193 mothers immunized,
4 222 people received dental care and 1 001 were admitted as inpatients.
BPC addresses the most serious health problems faced in Timor-Leste
including TB, Malaria, and maternal and child mortality.
The level for demand of health services in Timor-Leste is very
low by international standards. In 2003 outpatient visits averaged
2.11 visits per year nationally compared with an average of 4.0
for the low and middle income nations of East Asia and the Pacific
(RDTL 2004b). Hospitals are used by less than 5% of the population
compared with an average of 9% for low income countries worldwide
(RDTL 2004b). The high number of patients seen by the clinic is
the best testament to the clinics record of achievement. The clinic
that is open 7 days a week, carries out consultations until every
patient has been seen, and that is committed to, understands and
responds to the situation of the people of Timor-Leste.
“I am here because of my heart. I have an emotional and
political commitment to the East Timorese. The outsiders that
come here have no idea of the history of the people. It is very
hard to do good medical care if you are only here as another stop
on your job.” - Dr Dan.
Around Bairo Pite Clinic
Bairo Pite Clinic is located in to the west
of central Dili, in Bairo Pite.
|In patient's ward.
||Consulting and administration building, also containing
the pharmacy and laboratory.
|Trauma and dental clinic (donated by Eric Hotung Foundation)
||Tuberculosis ward and laboratory
|Clinic pharmacy distribution window.
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