Prof. Yves Buisson

By coincidence, I ran into Prof. Yves Buisson at the Pochentong Airport this afternoon. He and his wife were returning to Vientiane, Laos after attending the Mekong Sante meetings. Prof. Buisson is the director of the Institut de la Francophone pour la Medecine Tropicale (IFMT) in Vientiane. He gave an…

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Connecting

As part of a program called Canada-Asia Regional Emerging Infectious Diseases, Dr. Ted Kuschak, from the Canadian Public Health Agency facilitated a two-day workshop to create a public health laboratory network in Cambodia. That was an exceedingly difficult two days for him because the hospital directors, lab chiefs and staff…

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Mekong Sante II

Today was the last day of Mekong Sante and I wanted to hear a presentation, “Surgical infections due to Gram negative bacteria with extended spectrum beta-lactamases”, from the surgical and microbiology departments at the Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope. Alas for me, I had to sit through about three hours…

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Mekong Sante presentation

Joanne Letchford, the VIDA volunteer microbiologist, who has been working with Ph. Nhem Somary in the Kampong Cham microbiology lab, gave a great presentation this morning on their observations over the last two years.  They have raised physician expectations for how a clinical microbiology lab in a 250 bed hospital…

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Blood culture media

The isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria from blood is one of the most important services a microbiology laboratory can perform. Commercial broth bottles for blood culture cost between $6 and $10 each here in Cambodia. That cost is simply not affordable in any resource poor country unless the laboratory…

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