Klibur Domin is a Timorese NGO based in Tibar, Timor-Leste, about 17 km from the capital Dili. Klibur Domin has three main programs: the Inpatients Program, providing care for low needs patients; the Community Based Rehabilitation program, which supports children and adults with disability and provides respite care and access to education; and the Tuberculosis (TB) Program, which provides care for patients with both TB and Multi-Drug Resistant TB.
Find out more about the programs and facilities.
In April 2000, Ryder-Cheshire Australia (RCA) approved a proposal to set up a new project in Timor-Leste. RCA volunteers, working with Timorese staff, established Klibur Domin in September 2000 in the village of Tibar, 17km west of Dili. Klibur Domin means ‘Sharing With Love’ in the local dialect. It was initially established to care for low priority patients from the Dili Hospital, due to the demand for beds for high priority patients at the Hospital. Klibur Domin also had at the time 18 elderly residents with disabilities at the home.
The 18 buildings in the Tibar complex were not destroyed after the Referendum and were of sound structure. However, they needed a lot of work to repair damage done and to make them suitable for housing patients. Victorian Rotary Clubs provided a team of volunteers to restore the buildings, working with local staff. The first patients were admitted to Klibur Domin from the Dili Hospital in January 2001.
The KD Board of Management (BoM) with Dr Rui de Araujo as Chairman was established in 2001. Dr Rui became the Timor-Leste Prime Minister from 2015 to 2017 and is still a member of the BoM.
Kitchen before refurnished and the sign at main gate
In 2004, RCA handed management of Klibur Domin to the Timorese and Joaquim Freitas Soares was appointed Managing Director.
In 2008, Klibur Domin established a Mobile TB team and a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) team to work in the villages in Liquisa and Ermera districts. Klibur Domin’s focus was moving more towards the detection and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and providing support for people with disabilities. During this year, the Rehabilitation Centre was renovated and improved and two of the four inpatient wards were dedicated to treating TB patients.
In 2011, a 4 bed MDR-TB Ward, a 12 bed Respite Centre and a 6 room cottage for elderly residents with disabilities were built with funding from Australia, and in 2014 a new TB Lab was built and a GeneXpert machine acquired. This machine is vital for the rapid and accurate detection of TB.
A new Cottage (Cottage 4) was completed in 2018 to replace the old cottage which had structural problems and needed to be demolished. The new cottage has 20 beds for female TB patients. Also in 2018, a second 10 bed Multi Drug Resistant -TB (MDR-TB) ward was completed, as well as a second Volunteer’s Cottage, increasing KD’s volunteer accommodation to 16 beds. The medical clinic was also extended and a new dental surgery added, all funded by RCA.
Klibur Domin has three dental nurses and visiting Australian dentists who undertake a dental care program and they now have a Partnering Agreement with Maluk Timor to assist and help with the funding of some of its programs including Dental, TB and Disability Support.
Admitting the first patients and official opening
The old Director’s Cottage adjacent to the front gate is currently undergoing a major renovation and extension (with funding from an Australian bequest). It will be used to accommodate 8-10 students with disabilities who study at the St Francis Convent School across the road.
When this is completed, Klibur Domin will have 84 beds for patients and residents plus 16 beds for volunteers.
Klibur Domin looks forward to the years ahead and to the continued support from donors and partners to better the lives of those in our care.
(As at November 2018)
KD staff in 2011