Joanne Letchford, MPH
DMDP Cambodia Country Director
Joanne Letchford, DMDP Cambodia Country Director, was awarded the Master of Public Health, Majoring in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, from James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia, on December 21, 2016. Jo studied hard for this degree from JCU, a very prestigious university. She spent long hours on online courses, writing papers and attending classes at JCU in Townsville. DMDP is proud to have Joanne Letchford as a Senior Staff member.
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.
Dr. Frances Daily, DMDP Clinical Mentor
DMDP Clinical Mentor
Dr. Khim Gaëtan, MD
DMDP Clinical Mentor
Dr. Gaëtan Khim is a graduate of the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh. After graduating, he worked in a private clinic in Phnom Penh for three years. He is now working with DMDP as a Clinical Mentor under the direction of Dr. Frances Daily. Dr. Gaëtan and Dr. Daily participate in Continuing Medical Education and teaching sessions at Provincial Hospitals and are also active in teaching medical students at the University of Health Sciences. Dr. Gaëtan speaks Khmer, English and French.
Dr. Oeng Sopheap, Pharm. D
Deputy Scientific Officer/Laboratory Mentor Supervisor
Oeng Sopheap serves as Deputy Scientific Officer-Laboratory Mentor Supervisor and DMDP Senior Advisor to the Central Media Making Laboratory. He graduated in bachelor degree of Computer Science and Engineering in 2009 at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and a diploma of doctor in specialized pharmacy (DES) in 2011 at the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sopheap had experiences in production of medicine in pharmaceutical industry in Phnom Penh and deputy laboratory director of clinical laboratory in Serei Saophoan referral hospital, Banteay Meanchey province before he has started working with DMDP in 2013 as a microbiology laboratory mentor and quickly promote to be a Deputy Scientific Officer. More than 5 years working in clinical microbiology laboratory in Cambodia, Sopheap provides on bench diagnostic microbiology training include identification of important pathogens; Salmonella Typhi, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Streptococcus suis as well as antibiotic susceptibility testing using clinical laboratory standards institute (CLSI) M100 and M02. Since July 2017, Sopheap has additional duties as senior advisor to the Central Media Making Laboratory to strengthening the laboratory quality management system to gain international standard recognition (ISO 9001:2015 certification).
Som Solida, MBA
Ms. Solida is the Operation Manager of DMDP. She organizes and coordinates office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness, efficiency and safety. She also assists the DMDP President and Cambodia Country Director in coordinating and implementing all project activities including managing the office, liaison with relevant ministries, partners, financial reviewing etc.
Previously, Solida was working as Admin and HR Manager for Sahmakum Teang Tnaut, a Cambodia urban NGO which working on provide pro-poor technical assistance for housing and infrastructure and to inform dialogue and raise awareness about urban issues. She oversees administration management and human resource coordination. Her responsibilities included developing administrative processes and HR policy. Ms. Solida liaised in collaboration with the management Committees and Executive Director and STT staff to coordinate and ensure relevant policies and administration works are implemented smoothly. She had worked with STT since in October 2013 up to April 2016.
Ms. Solida has worked in the national and international non-profit fields providing administration and HR management support to various management teams as well as staff for over four years. In 2011, she worked as an Administrative Officer for the Emergency Surgical Center and the World Mate Emergency Hospital. They support underprivileged people and war victims by providing free surgery and treatment. She was responsible for providing administrative support to senior management teams and patients. Ms. Solida also managed offices, controlled stationery, solved problems, managed staff, and improved staff performance and communication. Additionally, she implemented database solutions, collected and analyzed patient information, and produced statistical reports.
Recently, she obtains her Master Degree of Business Administration at Norton University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Build Bright University of Battambang in 2011. She also has a certification of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from Australia Center of Development. Furthermore, she has completed a certification in Administration and Human Resource Management.
Senior Laboratory Mentor/Diagnostic Microbiology Technologist
Mr. Em Rattanak finished his Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Technical School for Medical Care(TSMC), University of Health Science(UHS), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In addition, he has successfully completed the Microbiology module of the distance learning program course provided by the Pacific Paramedical Training Center (PPTC) through the Pacific Open Learning Health Net, and he has successfully completed a four weeks training course in Medical Microbiology Update during the period 5 September to 30 September 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. Apart from medical field, he also graduated a bachelor’s degree, major in Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL), from Build Bright University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
On May 2013, He started work for DMDP as a trainee in microbiology for one year. Currently, he is working for DMDP in the position of Diagnostic Microbiology Technologist-Senior Laboratory Mentor. He provides on bench training to laboratory staffs in governmental hospital collaborated with DMDP, and he also assists in the implementation of the quality assurance in the laboratories. Etc.
He has attended various meeting, workshops, seminars and training to enhance his microbiology skills.
Diagnostic Microbiology Technologist
Chaing Chanborann is a Diagnostic Microbiology Technologist. He has begun his career with DMDP since January 2016. He has served as laboratory mentor in micro unit for public laboratories to build lab capacity and capability in doing reliable diagnostic of specimens from clinical samples. His contribution greatly involves on bend training, lecturing, consultant, and also assisting on the implementation of good equipment practices in the laboratories supported by DMDP.
Mr. Chaing Chanborann earned Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Technical School for Medical Care (TSMC), University of Health Sciences (UHS), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Additionally, in 2017, he has successfully completed a four weeks long training course on Basic Microbiology organized by Pacific Paramedical Training Center, PPTC, Wellington, New Zealand. Apart from medical field, he is doing BA of General Management at BELTEI International University. Upon graduation, he had 6 months working experiences in a private laboratory and three years working experiences in central media making laboratory, CMML, University of health Sciences before moving to DMDP. He speaks Khmer, English and Thai.
Diagnostic Microbiology Technologist
Morn Sineang is a Diagnostic Microbiology Technologist. He finished associate degree from Technical School for Medical Care (TSMC), and he is now studying bachelor’s degree, Teaching English as Foreign Language at Build Bright University (BBU). Whilst studying he worked at Central Media Making Laboratory (CMML) at University of Health Science (UHS). He was responsible for internal quality control of media and for experiments on new kinds of media production. When he graduated from TSMC, he began as DMDP trainee in 2013 and in 2014 he became a DMDP staff member. Morn Sineang is currently working as a DMDP mentor. He works at several places in Phnom Penh including at Resource Development International (RDI) where his responsibility is to ensure good quality of sheep blood for making media. He works as a DMDP inventory manager where he is responsible for ordering and processing DMDP supplies to support DMDP microbiology laboratories in provincial hospitals. He works at National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), helping microbiology lab staff to implement supply inventory, Isolate storage inventory and ATCC maintenance. In addition, he works at Takeo Referral Provincial Hospital (TRPH), helping and improving competency of government microbiology lab staffs. In 2017, he participated in a short course training at Pacific Paramedical Training Center (PPTC) in Wellington, New Zealand, based on Microbiology module of distance learning program.
Ros Chanyasith, BA
Diagnostic Microbiologist Technologist
Mr. Ros Chanyasith graduated Bachelor Degree of Medical Laboratory at International University (IU) and Bachelor Degree of TESOL at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) in Phnom Penh. After graduating, he used to volunteer at Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope (SHCH) for one year and worked in Private Laboratory and University for 5 years.
Right now, he is working with DMDP as a Diagnostic Microbiologist Technologist under the direction of Joanne Letchford, MPH. He is participating in benchtop training of Diagnostic Microbiology to government staff at Provincial Hospitals such as Siem reap, Battambang, and Kompong cham provinces, also NIPHL in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Phon Socheat, BA
Media Production Officer
Mr. Phon Socheat graduated Bachelor Degree of Medical Laboratory at International University (IU), Cambodia. After graduating, he had been volunteer of Microbiology at National Institute Public Health Laboratory (NIPHL) for 6 months and worked at Clinical private Lab for 3 months in 2016. Right now, he is working with DMDP as a position as Media Production Officer under the direction of Joanne Letchford, MPH. His work place at the Central Making Media Lab (CMML) in University of Health Science (UHS).
Media Production Officer/Lab technician
Mr. Bun Sopheak is a graduated associate degree of Medical Laboratory Technician from University of health science(UHS), Technical School for Medical Care (TSMC) in Phnom Penh. He is also a senior student of Western University (WU) studying in Bachelor degree of English for Communication, Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Languages (2018). After graduate He works through along the way in a few clinical laboratories private for one year and half before to be a staff of DMDP. Sopheak is now working at Central Media Making Laboratory (CMML) at University of Health Science in position Media production Officer.