Sheep blood is an essential growth factor for some pathogenic bacteria and the colonial morphology and hemolytic pattern of these bacteria have been well described on sheep blood agar. In order to have a reliable supply of sheep blood, DMDP has maintained a small flock of sheep at Resource Development International (RDI) Cambodia. RDI is about 11 kms. outside Phnom Penh along National Hwy. 1 on the way to the border with Vietnam. DMDP is fortunate that RDI has pens for sheep where a responsible team of Cambodian men do an excellent job of caring for the sheep.
Faculty Development to Advance Learning in Laboratory Sciences
DMDP’s, Thanyanan Chaowanachan conducted a training workshop at the Technical School for Medical Care in the University of Health Sciences (TSMC/UHS) during January 27 – 29, 2020. This training of trainers (TOT) workshop was provided to 14 participants from National Laboratories (Khmer- Soviet Friendship Hospital, National Pediatric Hospital), Calmette Hospital, Kampong Cham Provincial Hospital, TSMC & Pharmacy School of UHS and DMDP. The goal was to help educators increase the effectiveness of their teaching and guide students in skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Workshop content included addressing the importance of working in teams and collaborating, communicating, and finding and analyzing information.
At the end of workshop, participants began to develop new skills, knowledge and attitudes and many showed potential to serve as training assistants to continue to support in-service training programs.