April 2019 saw the third batch of University of Adelaide Postgraduate students, together with Professor Craig Dreyer, volunteering with the ABSO Timor-Leste Cleft Lip Palate Project.
Those who have been to Dili will know Acasio, who was our driver around Dili and took us to and from the airport. Unfortunately, Acasio passed away on Monday 25th of March. He had a kidney operation in the previous week, was apparently recovering, and then suddenly deteriorated.
He will be missed. His smiling face and driving around Dili will be remembered.
Dr John Fricker has initiated a bonding protocol based on the specific needs and challenges of the patients in Timor-Leste. Patients with CLP have a higher occurrence of Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation (MIH) which affects 16% of children worldwide, with one study showing 75% of bilateral and 39% of unilateral CLP patients with moderate- severe enamel defects.
A driver will pick you up from your hotel around 9am and drive you to Clinic PAS about a 30 minute drive from the centre of Dili. This is a community Medical and Dental Centre with Domingos, a full time Timorese Oral Health Therapist, treating the local population.