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MSF projects turned over to government
As part of the move towards full independence, East Timorese health authorities made a decision in September 2001 regarding the withdrawal of funding for international health NGOs that resulted in most such organizations leaving the country. As a privately funded organization, MSF was able to continue work until January 2002, when its ongoing projects were transferred to the Ministry of Health.
From July 2001 to January 2002, MSF involvement in Timor- Leste (East Timor) focused on the northern district of Baucau, where it had been helping to set up a transitional health system since early 1999. As part of this program, MSF provided surgical services and tuberculosis treatment to a population of more than 200,000, supporting five health centers, one health post and five mobile clinics. It also rehabilitated many health structures and provided training to local staff.
MSF began its medical intervention in what is now Timor- Leste in May 1999, three months before the vote for independence from Indonesia, and continued through the post-conflict transitional period.