Perioperative Nursing Project in Dili Timor-Leste

Project Update July 10 2013 – see end of article

Wellington North along with the Rotary Clubs of Hutt City, Johnsonville, Pencarrow, and in partnership with Australian Rotary District 9550 has successfully sourced $80,000 from The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Fund and an additional $3000 from The Rotary Foundation District Grant Fund. Each of the four participating Clubs contributed $1544.

Timor-Leste is considered to be one of the ten poorest countries in the world. The average gross national income is just NZ$2700 per annum and one in every two people is illiterate.  It is a country of around one million inhabitants, where many of the population suffer from chronic disease and malnutrition.

This worthwhile humanitarian project has the objective of increasing local nursing skills by providing resources and training in the areas of operational management, perioperative nursing and support services. The expected outcome will result in the delivery of surgical services at Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares in Dili that are safe, efficient, accessible and sustainable.

Lyn Brown a member of the Wellington Hospital Paediatric Surgical Team has, over the last ten years, been a frequent visitor to Timor-Leste.  Lyn Brown is a key member of the Rotary Project Committee. The project has been divided into two parts. The first being timed around the June 2013 surgical rotation when Lyn Brown departs for Dili. She will be joined by two nursing colleagues who will assist with instrument cataloguing, and the interpreting and translation of all relevant documentation. This first phase also involves the painting and the installation of special shelving in a designated area that will become a separate central sterile supply department (CSSD) attached to the operating theatre.  The Rotary Club of Dili has offered to paint the facility with the paint being provided by the New Zealand Rotary Clubs.

The second phase is timed for October 2013 where training will be concentrated on senior staff who will eventually train others to ensure the sustainability of the project. The project will be complete when there is evidence that the improvements are being effected and sustained.

Project Update July 10 2013.

The implementation plan for the establishment of a Central Sterile Supply area was drawn up by Lynn Brown in her trip to Timor Leste last month and work on that segment of the overall project starts in in September. It involves removing all medical items, cleaning and painting of the area, followed by the installation of the purpose built shelving we have purchased. Medical instruments and supplies will be returned to the shelves, photographed, catalogued, and re-sterilised, resulting in a first world facility that meets best practice infection control standards.

The Future Vision Global Grant – Report on Phase 2 Implementation and Conclusion prepared by Lyn Brown can be read here.