(Presidente da República 2012 - 2017) I am writing to you to express my admiration for the work that the East Timor Eye Program has been doing in Timor-Leste since 2000 in assisting patients, preventing blindness and training Timorese doctors and nurses.
We are partners in the pursuit of the urgent and noble goals of ensuring the access of our community to top-level medical care and working towards my country's self-sufficiency in the provision of eye care. With the assistance of the East Timor Eye Program we expect to achieve this soon.
I would like to convey to Dr. Nitin Verma, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and all other staff involved my highest appreciation for the commitment shown and the achievements of the East Timor Eye Program in improving the wellbeing of many thousands of our fellow Timorese.
President Taur Matan Ruak is pictured above with international consultant ophthalmologist Dr Manoj Sharma & Project Director and Founder A/Prof Nitin Verma.
Patron: Taur Matan Ruak
(President of Timor Leste 2007-2012, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient 1996) is a longtime supporter and founding patron of the East Timor Eye Program. “I first became aware of the work of the East Timor Eye Program in 2001 when I visited the Nacional Guido Valadares Hospital [the national hospital in Dili] and saw the optometrists, nurses and surgeons at work."
"The East Timor Eye Program has given the gift of sight back to many thousands of people here in Timor Leste. Tens of thousands of people have also received glasses, meaning they were able to reclaim their independence and continue working.”
The Government of Timor Leste has supported the activities of the Australian eye doctors, nurses, optometrists and volunteers. We also support the strong links that have been forged between the Australian volunteers and Timor Leste. “Thank you to Dr Nitin Verma and Mr Andrew Maver and to their dozens of fellow medical workers and volunteers who have helped my country’s people regain their sight in this period when Timor is still finding its feet as the world’s newest nation. I wish you continued success and an ongoing welcome in Timor Leste.”