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“Twenty Years since Voting for Freedom, Village Health in East Timor Today”

August 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

About Dr. Daniel Murphy:

Dr. Murphy, has been director of the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili, East Timor, since he founded the clinic in 1998, with the help of Sister Lourdes. Prior to his medical practice in East Timor, Dr. Murphy was for six years a doctor with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in California in the early 1970s. Chavez lead the labor movement and Latino community with the non-violence methods of Gandhi and Martin Luther King manifest in a national grape boycott. Dr. Murphy was the sole doctor in a district of two hundred thousand people in Mozambique in Africa for three years in the early 1980s.
Doctor Daniel Murphy was born in Alton, Iowa in 1944 and received his M.D. from the University of Iowa. He was the runner up in the annual “The One” Rotary award, a worldwide competition for humanitarian work. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine as well as the Sergio Vieira de Mello Award for his work in Timor Leste. In 2009 he was presented the Medal of Merit, the country’s highest honor by former Prime Minister 2006-7, President 2007-12, and Nobel Laureate, Jose Ramos-Horta.
Dr. Dan’s autobiography, Breakaway, covers the scope of his life prior to his adventures in Timor-Leste. From Cuba to Mozambique, from India to Vietnam, Dr. Dan dedicated his life to serving the most underprivileged people across the globe. The book takes us on an episodic narrative through the harrowing lives of his patients and, additionally, how being an athlete shaped his life. From his childhood in Iowa to his adult life as a medical doctor, basketball taught him how to keep his balance both on and off the court. Breakaway is the true story of how a man aims to change global healthcare with a stethoscope in one hand and a basketball in the other.

UW Global Health wrote this background article for Dr. Murphy’s 2015 visit to Madison including a promo for Dan’s book :
In 2016, Sidalia do Rego,  Coordinator of Women’s Health and Social Care at Bairo Pite Clinic, participated in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute’s 2016 Quality Improvement (QI) Leadership Institute.
In August 2013,   UW Global Health Institute, along with Project Plus One, and Medical Aid East Timor, sponsored a three day conference on Healthcare and Medicine in East Timor, which included the talk : Community-based health care in Timor Leste : My experience volunteering at the Bairo Pite Clinic, by Michael Wauters, then a 4th year med student with UW Madison SMPH along with a keynote speech by Dr. Murphy on Tuberculosis, Disease of the Poor. Thirty nine people attended, including nine Timorese students studying in the US.

Our Madison websites are http://www.aideasttimor.org/ and https://www.medicalaideasttimor.com  (now a 501 C3 non-profit) which features a video about community birth attendants in Madison’s sister city Ainaro, East Timor 
 https://vimeo.com/166256816 , one of the programs Madison has helped to sponsor.

About the history of East Timor Activism in Madison:
​On 6 December 1975, US President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia, the day before Indonesia invaded East Timor, the US having sold 90% of the weapons used in the invasion, the warplanes from the just ended Vietnam war. In the 1980s Amnesty International, International Red Cross, and Catholic Relief Services reported that over 200,000 East Timorese men, women, and children had been killed — roughly a third of the pre-invasion population. The Madison based Progressive Magazine published in December 1980 an article by Tom Harkin, later a US Senator,  ​on the US proxy war in East Timor. In 1980, the Madison group Human rights for Asia, along with the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Southeast Asia Studies, brought the head of the East Timor Human Rights Committee from Syracuse NewYork to speak in Madison. 

The Madison chapter of the East Timor Action Network (ETAN) was formed in 1991 in response to the massacre of hundreds of unarmed civilians who were, in the Santa Cruz cemetery, peacefully protesting the killing by the Indonesian army of a Timorese man who had taken refuge inside a Catholic Church in Dili, in this 98% Catholic country, having been a Portuguese colony for 450 years prior to 1974 .

The Madison based Medical Aid East Timor project, which has worked with the Bairo Pite Clinic since its inception, was born in 1996, the year that Bishop of Dili, East Timor, Carlos Belo in his acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace prize (shared with Jose Ramos Horta), acknowledged that he was the “voice of the voiceless people of East Timor who are with me today in spirit, if not in person. And what the people want is peace, an end to violence and the respect for their human rights.”

Ainaro, East Timor, which was 95% burned to the ground in September 1999, requested Madison’s help. The Madison city council voted unanimously in February 2001 to declare Ainaro an official Madison sister city. When I travelled to Ainaro, East Timor in 2002 as part of the official Madison sister  city delegation,  Dr. Dan Murphy sent two visiting Scottish doctors with us to Ainaro, who became the only doctors in a district of 40,000 people for the two months that they remained. The malaria medicine we brought saved a life while we were there. Additionally our Madison delegation in 2002 met with Ainaro’s community leaders, worked with a women’s sewing and weaving cooperative, an adult literacy project, an orphanage, and a community center. We brought agricultural tools and heirloom variety seeds as well as school supplies. A later visit helped reconstruct Ainaro’s community radio tower. 

About the sister university project:

To foster a sister university relationship between UW Madison and the national universities of East Timor UNTL and UNPAZ, and perhaps some of the high schools in East Timor, a proposal for a sister university project http://www.aideasttimor.org/sis-u.html can be found under the 2002 delegation http://aideasttimor.org/masa.html#delegations  where you can see our stories from Ainaro from our Liafoun newsletter http://aideasttimor.org/liafoun02.pdf , our group’s report http://aideasttimor.org/ainaro-rep2.html , my notes 
http://aideasttimor.org/ainaro-notes2.html and three photo sets :
http://aideasttimor.org/ainaro1/ainaro1.html   http://aideasttimor.org/ainaro2/ainaro2.html
http://aideasttimor.org/ainaro3/ainaro3.html from my trip. 

About the Tour de Timor bicycle ride:

      Our annual fun filled Tour de Timor bicycle ride fundraiser around Madison’s lake Monona is in need of riders / participants as well as organizers. Our small group is a bit discouraged by low turnout. We would love to have Madisonians join us. 

    Pledge sheets are available at http://aideasttimor.org/tourreg.pdf (slightly out date as we now only meet the first Thursday of the month and the phone number given should be (608) 512-7790 (Diane and Eric) or my phone (608) 256-7247 (Mike).)
     Tour de Timor participants ride around Lake Monona to raise funds for community projects in Ainaro, Madison’s official sister-city in the Southeast Asian island nation of East Timor. For a $25 registration fee, Tour de Timor participants will receive an organic, union-made T-shirt. Participants are also encouraged to collect pledges. More information and pledge sheets can be found at www.aideasttimor.org . The highest pledge-raisers receive prizes from Tour de Timor co-sponsors, which in past years has included Family Farm Defenders, Revolution Cycles, Machinery Row Bicycles, Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse, People’s Bakery, Bandung restaurant, Just Coffee, and the Progressive magazine. Madison’s community radio station, WORT 89.9 fm, is welcomes the event, which traditionally starts and ends at the station’s annual Block Party.

       The first Tour de Timor ride was held in August 1999, as the people of East Timor prepared to vote in a United Nations-organized referendum on their future. They overwhelmingly voted for independence, bringing an end to a brutal, quarter-century-long Indonesian military occupation. As the Indonesian military left East Timor, they destroyed an estimated 70 percent of its infrastructure. The Madison chapter of the East Timor Action Network (ETAN-Madison) established a sister-city relationship with Ainaro, to help the rural community rebuild. That work continues today.

     Madison has a long history of solidarity with East Timor. In 2001, Madison and Ainaro formed the first official sister-city relationship between U.S. and East Timorese communities. Previous Tour de Timor bike rides have raised thousands of dollars for Ainaro battered women’s services; the Madison visit of two Ainaro community leaders; and provided grants to women’s income-generation projects including a sewing and weavingcooperative, an adult literacy program, an orphanage, sustainable agriculture groups, school supplies, a local radio station, and other community-led projects in Ainaro, East Timor.


August 26, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm