Subject: LUSA: Brazilian officials discuss health cooperation

24-06-2003 11:22:00. Notícia nº SIR-5165313 Temas: new destaque5

East Timor: Brazilian officials discuss health cooperation

Brasilia, June 24 (Lusa) - A team of Brazilian health officials has arrived in East Timor for talks with Dili authorities on projects to combat AIDS, malaria, leprosy and tuberculosis.

The Brazilian delegation, comprising three health ministry officials and two members of the Catholic church`s AIDS/HIV commission, will seek to strengthen cooperation between Timor`s church, state and civil society in the fight against AIDS.

The Brazilian health officials, who arrived in Dili Monday, will also brief their Timorese counterparts on the Latin American nation`s experience in fighting leprosy and tuberculosis and in the implementation of malaria vaccination schemes.

Final details on a hospital twinning scheme will also be worked out during the Brazilian visit.

Under the agreement, hospitals in Baucau, Timor`s second city, and Porto Alegre in Brazil, will become "sister hospitals". The accord aims to improve training of Timorese health care professionals.

CMC/CJB -Lusa-


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