Since a year after its independence, Timor-Leste has welcomed CWS team members to work with groups affected by the risks and realities of HIV/AIDS. HIV prevention and care were CWS’s first focus, with support for information-sharing, education and increased access to voluntary counseling and testing as well as an initiative to help ensure justice and empowerment for people living with HIV. CWS worked with faith-based organizations to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS among adolescents, and helped found the country’s first peer support group for HIV+ persons, Esperança. Their mission is to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, visit HIV+ persons in their homes to provide nutritious food and other support, and to fight stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.
Since 2010 CWS has partnered with the Timor-Leste army, or F-FDTL, to raise awareness, change behavior, prevent infection and reduce stigma for F-FDTL members, their families and their neighbors.
CWS Timor Leste | November 13, 2016
Sergeant Luis da Costa is the commander of a 15-person Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL) post in Becora, a neighborhood in Dili. Since it is such a small post, not all personnel have had a chance in the context of CWS partnership with the army, to join in HIV and STI awareness-raising activities – and, importantly, to […]
CWS Timor Leste | October 12, 2016
Recently the CWS Timor-Leste team received an unexpected visitor – a woman on a mission. Literally! Sister Julia Shideler stopped in our Dili office in search of information-education-communication (IEC) materials about HIV prevention. Born in Oakland, CA, Sister Julia is a Roman Catholic Maryknoll missionary who has worked in Timor-Leste for the last 9 years. […]
CWS Timor Leste | September 9, 2016
Recently a Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL) medical team, accompanied by senior officers responsible for operations and human resources, visited Jakarta to learn about Indonesia’s experience with HIV prevention, treatment and care in its military. The delegation visited local NGOs, Angsa Merah and Karisma, to see ‘best practice’ HIV testing and counseling, including how to inform clients […]
CWS Timor Leste | April 30, 2016
Dr. Anacleto Soares, 32, is a doctor at the Timorese army (F-FDTL) training base in Metinaro, about an hour outside Dili, which is the capital of Timor-Leste, which he left in 2003 to go to medical school in Cuba. He has recently returned and, surprisingly, at a recent workshop he told our CWS colleagues, “When […]
CWS Timor Leste | March 28, 2016
“We thought that HIV infects someone because God is angry.”, said Mr. Alcino Araujo, the head of Teki-Teki Surikmas neighborhood near the headquarters of the Timorese armed forces in Dili. After joining the HIV education session, which was held for neighbors of army installation, he was relieved to know otherwuse. “We have manyyoung men and […]
CWS Timor Leste | February 28, 2016
Among the participants in this month’s HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) workshop was Second Lieutenant Anabela da Cruz, a doctor with the Timor-Leste army (F-FDTL). “When I returned from medical school in Cuba in 2012,” she said, “I was happy to hear about CWS support for HIV prevention in my country. As a doctor I […]
CWS Timor Leste | January 20, 2016
Recently our small CWS team in Timor Leste met with key HIV-AIDS education and prevention project partner, the national army (F-FDTL), for our annual review of successes and challenges, plus planning next steps and activities for 2016. CWS colleagues received positive feedback regarding our successful joint 2015 World AIDS Day event, and meeting participants agreed […]