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​Santos, as part of the Bayu-Undan Joint Venture, is proud of its long partnership with St. John of God (SJOG) Social Outreach in Timor-Leste. Our support is making an important contribution to health outcomes across the country with the training and development of nursing and hospital staff.

Over the last 10 years, more than A$4 million has been provided to SJOG to support their Nursing Development Program at the Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) located in Dili, and other referral hospitals across the country.

With Bayu-Undan Joint Venture support, the Nursing Development Program has helped hundreds of health professionals in hospitals across Timor-Leste and significantly improved the public health services available to the more than one million people living in the country. In 2021 alone, Santos assistance helped support:

  • COVID-19 vaccination training for five municipal referral hospitals
  • 23 participants taking part in the Health Manager Program
  • 20 new nurses and midwives at the HNGV to undertake the New Nurse and Midwife Program
  • Completion of the Clinical Core Competency Program by 161 nurses and midwives.

SJOG’s local capacity building initiatives have also resulted in many Timorese working for the organisation, including the newly appointed Country Manager for SJOG in Timor-Leste. “I am proud to assume the position as the Country Manager, to serve both the organisation and the Ministry of Health toward achieving the dream of being an independent country and independent people,” Lourenco Camnahas, Country Manager, SJOG Timor-Leste said. On behalf of the Bayu-Undan Joint Venture, Santos would like to congratulate the SJOG team for their achievements in Timor-Leste over the last 10 years and we look forward to working together to deliver more success in the future.

Pictured above: Liliana and Adelina are two of the great nurses undertaking professional training as part of our partnership with SJOG.