DMDP is very proud that DMDP Cambodia Country Director, Joanne Letchford has now graduated from James Cook University with a Master of Public Health majoring in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness. Jo worked hard studying online courses, writing papers and attending classes in person at JCU, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, a very prestigious university. Jo did all this studying, writing and participating in classes while doing a fantastic job supervising Cambodian laboratory mentors, organizing workshops, consulting at the central media making laboratory, providing technical support to staff in microbiology laboratories, attending many partner meetings and a number of other activities as the DMDP Cambodia Country Director. Jo passed her courses in this program with Distinction or High Distinction.
With support from WHO Cambodia and the Bureau of Medical Laboratory Services of the Ministry of Health, DMDP organized a three day workshop on Pathogen Identification attended by participants from a number of Cambodian microbiology laboratories and students from the Technical School for Medical Care (TSMC). Joanne Letchford, all of the DMDP Cambodian mentors and laboratory staff from NAMRU-2 and the Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope made presentations. The participants enjoyed using Poll Everywhere, a software program they could use on their smartphones, to answer pre-and post-test questions.
Joanne Letchford and Oeng Sopheap attended Microbe 2016, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, this year combined with the annual ICAAC meeting and held in Boston, Massachusetts from June 16-20. They presented a well received poster, “Implementation of Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (AST) for resistance tracking using Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M100 and M02 in Cambodian Microbiology Laboratories” Janet Hindler has generously provided much technical support to DMDP over the last several years.
DMDP was pleased to learn that the US Ambassador to Cambodia, William A. Heidt, visited the diagnostic microbiology laboratory in the Battambang Provincial Referral Hospital. The microbiology laboratory in the hospital is one of the first implemented by DMDP in partnership with the Fondation Merieux. The Supervisor of the laboratory standing to the right of the Ambassador is Dr. Chiek Sivhour, who has completed a three year course in Medical Biology at the University of Health Sciences. Sivhour is a leader in diagnostic microbiology in Cambodia. Her laboratory is very active in research and training of students. Thank you, Ambassador Heidt for taking the time to visit this lab and motivate the staff.
DMDP is pleased to introduce the newest member of the team. Dr. Gaëtan Khim is a graduate of the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh. After graduating, he worked in a private clinic for three years. He will be working as a Clinical Mentor under the direction of Dr. Frances Daily. Dr. Gaëtan and Dr. Daily actively participated in a day of Continuing Medical Education at the Siem Reap Hospital this last week. Dr. Gaëtan speaks Khmer, English and French. He will be a real asset to the DMDP team.