Joanne Letchford, MPH

Joanne Letchford, MPH

Ms. Joanne Letchford is a Hospital Laboratory Scientist from Port Macquarie, Australia.  Jo, as she prefers to be called, has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Microbiology from the University of Sydney and has more than 20 years experience in clinical diagnostic microbiology. She first arrived in Cambodia in 2009 as a ‘Volunteer for International Development from Australia’ (VIDA) to increase capacity in clinical microbiology diagnostic testing in the laboratory DMDP established in the Kampong Cham Provincial Hospital. After 18 months, Jo continued this work  as a consultant for the World Health Organization in provincial hospitals: Battambang, Takeo and Kampong Cham and the National Pediatric Hospital and Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh. Since 2009 Jo has worked closely with DMDP and trained government staff according to Dr Ellen Jo Baron’s visual flow charts using a basic approach to benchtop diagnostic microbiology.  On December 21, 2016, Jo was awarded the Master of Public Health, Majoring in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, from James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, a very prestigious Australian university.  She passed her courses in this program with Distinction or High Distinction.  DMDP is fortunate to have Jo on board as Cambodia Country Director.