Dr. Sophen Khun
Dr Sophen Khun graduated as a medical practitioner in 2013 from University of Health Science, Phnom Penh. On graduating he worked for One-2-One Cambodia for 3 years providing free medical care to the poor and vulnerable living in Cambodia. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship and completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Tropical Medicine (DTM&H, MCTM) at Mahidol University in 2018. On returning to Cambodia, he commenced work for Pain Without Border for one year, providing palliative care for terminally ill patients in Cambodia. He often looked after patients at end of life with Hepatitis C related hepatocellular carcinoma, HIV and melioidosis etc. Dr Sophen Khun joined the Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program in August 2019 as Clinical Mentor participating in training of clinicians in diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases including utilization of the microbiology laboratory and infection prevention and control.
Dr. Joe Hessell
Joe Hessell received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Rutgers University, USA in 2012. He then completed a post-graduate year of clinical residency training at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in New Jersey, USA. He stayed on after residency to serve as the Infectious Disease Pharmacist, overseeing the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program. Since 2013, he has been recognized by the American Board of Pharmacy Specialties as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He has served as a consultant for World Health Organization in Cambodia to develop the National Guidelines for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Healthcare Facilities. Joe joined DMDP as Expert Pharmacist in June 2017, working with Cambodian healthcare staff to improve rational use of antimicrobials and more effectively utilize the microbiology laboratory.
Mr. Mona Keng
Mona Kheng earned a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from University of Health Sciences, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2013. The following year, he was selected to be a government officer at Pursat provincial health department supervising drug management at all levels of health facilities, in addition to conducting quality of care improvement projects organized by the ministry of health. In 2016, he received a diploma in medical microbiology from Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After returning to Cambodia, he resumed his government job and also worked as a clinical pharmacist at Royal Phnom Penh Hospital. Mona joined DMDP in 2019 as a Pharmacist Mentor working with Cambodian healthcare professionals to promote the rational use of antimicrobials and microbiology laboratory utilization.
Dany Koem, received a scholarship and subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from University of Health Sciences, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2019. As a student she received the Kinal Research Prize in 2017 while leading a student team and took several short trainings by Institute Pasteur of Cambodia including Innate immunity and infectious disease. After graduation she worked as a pharmacist in a clinic in Phnom Penh. Dany joined DMDP in 2020 and works as a pharmacist mentor strengthening the capacity of Cambodian government hospital healthcare providers in the use of antibiotics and the microbiology laboratory.
Mr. Yim Sovannra
Yim Sovannra graduated as a Secondary Nurse from the Technical School for Medical Care, UHS in 2001 and later received his Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) at International University (IU), Phnom Penh, in 2014. He completed a Master of Hospital Administration (MHA) at National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in 2016. He also completed a short course on Hospital Based Interventions to Contain Antibiotic Resistance in Low Resource Settings (AIM) at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, in 2019.
Sovannra has extensive experience as a nurse educator with a focus on infectious diseases and spent many years specializing in HIV/AIDS, STI and TB care. He has worked as a nurse educator in Emergency Departments and in Infectious Disease departments in multiple government Provincial Referral Hospitals in term of international nongovernmental organization program. In addition, Sovannra has worked for MSF-Belgium, MSF-France, GIZ-SHP and the Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC). Sovannra has over 15 years of experience, working with international nongovernmental organization for improving infectious disease and infection control in Cambodia, and currently works with DMDP as a Nurse Mentor for Infectious Disease care and Infection Control.
Mr. Sopheaktra Oung
Mr. Sopheaktra Oung graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Science of Nursing (BSN) at International University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2011. He working as a clinic nurse at Somary Raffles International Clinic for a year followed by seven years working as both a clinic nurse and remote site nurse for International SOS (ISOS) Clinic. While at ISOS he received a certificate in basic life support from the American Heart Association (AHA) in Vietnam. In 2017 he worked as a part-time nurse mentor for DMDP and in 2019 decided to join DMDP as a full-time staff. As a Nurse mentor Sopheaktra works with nurses, chief of nurses and Infection and Prevention Control (IPC) managers to provide training and bedside coaching on collecting quality specimens for culture and promoting appropriate IPC and utilization of the microbiology laboratory.