HAMNASA’s founders envisioned a local organization run by Timorese with high capacity and integrity to bring together the priorities of Timor-Leste’s local communities and public health sector. HAMNASA leadership and staff have decades of combined experience supporting clinical and community-based health training, quality improvement, and innovative intervention. Our vision of a health and happy Timorese people is underscored by our commitment to equity, shared vision, and collaboration.
HOW HAI BECAME HAMNASA
HAMNASA developed under the guidance and mentorship of Health Alliance International (HAI), a USA-based international NGO that shares our values working in solidarity with local communities and national health systems. Over a five-year period, HAI helped HAMNASA build our organizational capacity; and, in autumn 2021—with the support of the US, Timor-Leste, and Australian governments—HAI formally transitioned all active Timor-Leste-based activities and staff to HAMNASA.
Learn more about HAI’s legacy in Timor-Leste and their values-driven decision to transition to local ownership.