Press Release:U.S. Embassy Dili provides disinfectant cleaning materials to help schools and clinics prevent COVID-19

Hundreds of schools and clinics stand to benefit 

DILI, 08 June 2020 – The United States Embassy in Timor-Leste donated over 1,500 liters of concentrated disinfectant and a variety of cleaning materials to the Government of Timor-Leste’s Integrated Crisis Management Office as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project includes training materials on how to safely convert the concentrated disinfectant to over 750,000 liters of cleaning solution. This donation will support hundreds of schools and health clinics around Timor-Leste stay clean and healthy.

The items were handed over by U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Office of Defense Cooperation Chief Major Pablo Valerín.

 “The United States is partnering with governments around the world to slow the spread of COVID-19″” said U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick. “By providing disinfectant and training materials, we hope to ensure that Timorese can return to schools and visit healthcare facilities safely. ”

The project was funded by the United States Military’s Indo-Pacific Command and is part of the $125,000 in COVID assistance.

The project is part of the over $1.6 million committed to help the Government of Timor-Leste fight COVID-19.  In Timor-Leste, the United States has invested nearly $70 million in health assistance and more than $542 million in total assistance over the past 20 years.