Issue 8
Monday, 05 June 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Dr Joshua Francis with the first antibiotic guidelines for Timor-Leste
Dr Joshua Francis with the first antibiotic guidelines for Timor-Leste

Celebrating a first for Timor-Leste

Two researchers from the Menzies School of Health Research have helped to develop Timor-Leste’s first set of guidelines for antibiotics.

An honorary clinical fellow at Menzies and paediatric infectious diseases specialist at Royal Darwin Hospital, Dr Joshua Francis, and Menzies researcher Professor Bart Currie contributed to the work.

Dr Francis said the recently launched guidelines were an important resource for health workers in treating and preventing infections such as tuberculosis, rheumatic heart disease and pneumonia, especially in young children.

The guidelines were developed as a collaboration between Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (Timor-Leste), the National Health Laboratory (Timor-Leste), Menzies (Australia) and the Royal Darwin Hospital (Australia), supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Timor-Leste as part of the European Union-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership in Timor-Leste.

Dr Francis and Professor Currie also are working on a project investigating antibiotic resistance in Timor-Leste.