Our project partners at Hands on Health have sent us a very encouraging update on their recent STTEP project in Indonesia. We are pleased that we could assist them with the program through a generous grant from our Collaborative Partner, the Happy Herb Company.

STTEP or the Sustainable, Training, Treatment Employment Program is a framework that allows Hands on Health to deliver “high impact, low tech” myotherapy treatment and training to communities marginalised by poverty, location or other circumstances.

In November 2012 a team of four Hands on Health volunteers travelled to Timor Leste, Indonesia to promote STTEP.

The team consisted of a chiropractor, myotherapist, translator and interpreter and the Hands on Health International Project Director. They carried with them three portable treatment tables, thanks to the donation by the Happy Herb Company.

During their brief visit to Timor-Leste, the practitioners delivered over 50 myotherapy treatments. Treatments were provided to communities outside of the capital Dili and in the more remote areas of Timor-Leste where health provision is severely limited. The response to this demonstration visit has been very positive with a pilot training program now scheduled for March 2013. Between 10-15 community health workers are expected to enroll for the pilot training program in myotherapy in 2013.