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My name is Olive Oa.

I’m the Health Programs Team Leader at ChildFund PNG.

My role involves managing projects, which includes assisting, planning, co-ordinating and reporting on projects. I also undergo budget management and supervise monitoring and evaluation activities to compile an evidence base to demonstrate the performance and results of projects.

I work closely with the project teams, particularly on the delivery and progress of the capacity building activities. My role also enables me to play a part in project designs, planning, trainings, coaching formative assessment of progress and follow up. I represent ChildFund at meetings and clusters that are relevant to the program and projects at the national level.

I’ve been at ChildFund since 2013.

My most inspiring moment at ChildFund was seeing how the health program grew under my initiatives. It grew from 12 villages to the whole Rigo district, then moved into Kairuku District and Central Province.

The things I love most about my job are participating in developing and designing projects.

A life-threatening disease like malaria can kill people of any age. Helena, aged 57, from Timor-Leste knows this only too well.

After feeling pain and suffering from high fevers for three days straight, Helena was worried that she might have contracted the disease. “My whole body was weak, I had a headache and couldn’t even taste food because it was so bitter. I thought these might be signs of malaria,” she says.

A visit to a doctor in the capital of Dili confirmed her fears. “The doctor gave me a medicine to drink then two days later, I felt a little bit better. I could go out for a walk and look after my house.”

According to the World Health Organisation, Timor-Leste has made huge strides in the prevention and control of malaria. Over the last decade, the number of malaria cases has dropped from 220 for every 1,000 people to fewer than 1 case per 1,000.

This massive fall in infection rates has largely been due to improved diagnostics, political commitment from the Timorese government, and support from organisations like ChildFund Timor-Leste  and the Global Fund to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.