19 Feb Volunteering in Timor Leste
Posted by: Dr Peta Leigh BDS (Melb), BSc (Monash) GDC: 78758
Medically reviewed by: Dr Peta Leigh BDS (Melb), BSc (Monash) GDC: 78758
Dr Peta Leigh in Timor Leste
We were often working out of small village medical buildings which could be burnt out buildings.
Patients queued to be treated by Peta!
Almost the whole village would queue patiently for hours to be treated, and watched on with fascination as others went before them.
I get so emotional talking about my time there, I am extremely proud of everything we were able to achieve.
It was very unusual to have any electricity. We would boil our instruments for sterilisation when outside the main capital city.
Peta worked with the United Nations Serious Crimes Unit, helping to age the victims from a mass grave based on the skeletal remains and dental ages. Once her reputation was more widely known, she was invited to be the Dental Advisor to the Ministry of Health and met with WHO and government officials to promote dental care as part of the Public Health initiative.
The dental clinic I helped establish in the capital Dili is still operating today and I really hope to return to visit one day!