Dili - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

General health services are limited, medevac is the challenge. - Aug 2021

This is a forced medical evacuation post. For the U.S. embassy, Singapore is our medevac point, and you will most likely end up going there at least once or twice during your tour. There's a small medical center that can handle some needs, but anything that needs serious treatment or diagnosis will need to be treated out of the country. Eye doctors are scarce and there are very few reliable dentists are here, so even something like a broken tooth will require a medevac. My husband has had this happen twice already, and I was recently sent to the hospital in Singapore because of an issue with a racing heartbeat. The only way to properly diagnose me was to see an outside cardiologist. - Sep 2017

Dengue is a problem still in Dili but not a horrible one and Malaria can be found in areas outside Dili. You will probably be hit with tummy and other bugs more here than most places. I would recommend bringing a good supply of Dayquil, Nyquil, Motrin, Tylenol and vitamin C. A few people have had persistent coughs here as well. - May 2017

While there are several private clinics, access to quality health care and all kinds of medicine is limited. Most expats go to Australia or Singapore for medical treatment. Locals often go to Bali themselves. Some of the Embassies medically evacuate for almost any condition. - Sep 2016

Malaria, Dengue and Chikengunya. Health services are poor. Medical evac is common. - Nov 2013

Health care here is below US standards. The US Embassy has a US-trained doctor and a good clinic. There is a good private clinic for small/minor injuries that is expanding. Anything beyond a sprain requires a medevac. Malaria pills are recommended, and Dengue is always a concern. Good mosquito control is necessary. There is a fairly good dentist now available who can provide basic care (cleanings/fillings) at reasonable costs. - Apr 2013

It is slightly terrifying living here with a child who is only two and had stitches multiple times. There is no real quality care. If there was an emergency you would have to be med-evacted. That is part of the reason the differential is so high. High level of sicknesses, low level of care. - Mar 2010

Medical care in not very good here in Dili. Most cases are medivacted to Singaporeor Darwin. - Feb 2010

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