Timor Leste Train the Trainer Programme
The Timor Leste Feasibility study team has been formed comprising Mr Giam, Dr Goh, Sister Joan Ryan and Dr Frank Brennan. The Feasibility study this year did not happened due to COVID-19 situation.
Dr Flavio Brandao (Clinical Director), Dr Mendes Pinto (Oncologist) and Dr Ana Magno (Radiologist) from Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) had a learning trip visit to Singapore in Dec 2019 and needed more help from us to see how we could help develop their hospital in many areas, including Palliative Care. Dr Goh had linked the delegates to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) whom have had agreed to help out.
The small group of doctors at the NCCS whom the delegation met had been thinking about how Timor Leste could set up Radiation Therapy in HNGV.
Currently, Timor-Leste is not a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The team had, through Dr Goh, advised Timor Leste to apply for IAEA membership as an essential first step. This will be the most useful international organisation to help them develop cancer treatment, in particular, radiation treatment. IAEA has the expertise and funding and other resources needed to help set up radiotherapy. IAEA uses expertise from countries like Singapore to help countries in Asia develop radiotherapy capabilities.
Though the funding from their Ministry of Health, we had helped planned for one Histopathologist and one Technician from Timor Leste to be trained in SGH (Singapore General Hospital) in Jan’20 but the plan had been currently shelved till further notice due to the current Pandemic.