Visits to East Timor

Investigation Trip – November 2007
 
Humpty chairman Paul Francis led a team of five specialist medicos to East Timor with one mission in mind – to help the nation’s poverty stricken children.
The team comprised: Dr Ralph Hanson (The Children’s Hospital at Westmead), Dr Richard Lennon (Royal North Shore Hospital), Paul Hunstead, Jennifer Mirto, Margaret Bresnahan (Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick).
 
What did they find? Doctors working in squalor who face monumental daily challenges with inadequate medical equipment. A dire shortage of medicine. Children dying, who could be saved. No access for people in remote communities to health care.
A Wish List of items was put together to help save lives.
 
Fulfilling A Promise – March 2009
 
Chairman Paul Francis and Dr Ralph Hanson (The Children’s Hospital at Westmead) followed through with the foundation’s promise of delivering life-saving medical equipment to the struggling pacific nation.
Top of Humpty’s gift list was a four-wheel drive ambulance for the Bairo Pite Clinic, along with other essential medical supplies including AIDS tests, antibiotics and refrigeration.
Patients, staff and Dr Murphy himself clapped and cheered when the ambulance, worth more than $60,000, arrived at the clinic at the end of March - and in less than 24 hours it was out on the road saving lives.
Equipment which ranged from basic nursing aids such as clocks to hi-tech phototherapy lights to treat jaundice newborns was donated to the children’s ward of the Dili National Hospital.
 
Continuing Our Commitment - July 2011

What a delight to witness firsthand how Humpty's four wheel-drive ambulance, generously donated by Alto Ford, is making a difference in the lives of Timorese children on the Foundation's third visit to Timor Leste.

Free health care for families in rural areas is being achieved with assistance of the ambulance through daily visits to outlying villages for preventive medicine, immunisation and emergency care.

Chairman Paul Francis believes the ambulance's speedometer, which is about to hit 100,000km in just two years, is a testimony to its life-saving work.

During the visit, Dr Richard Lennon - a member of Humpty's team which included Paul Francis and Margaret Bresnahan - visited the remote village of Manobo, three hours west of Dili as part of a rural clinic treating 60 patients including children. "The ambulance alone has made such a differerence in saving lives," he said.

Fairy Sparkle also travelled to Timor Leste and proved to be a favourite lifting the spirits of the sick children and their families.