Joanne Letchford, DMDP Chief Scientific Officer, and Ph. Oeng Sopheap, Deputy Scientific Officer, organized a two-day workshop on Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing on June 25-26 at the National Institute of Public Health in Phnom Penh. The workshop facilitators were DMDP and NAMRU2 staff. Thirty participants attended the workshop from diagnostic microbiology laboratories supported by DMDP, NAMRU2 and other government hospitals. Uch Monipheap at the Bureau of Medical Laboratory Services of the Ministry of Health provided logistical support.
The objectives of the workshop were to the introduce recommendations from the current CLSI Antibiotic Susceptibility testing standard and the DMDP AST guideline with an emphasis on the practical implementation of these documents in the Cambodian government microbiology laboratories. It included presentations and workbook exercises. Presentations were made by DMDP Staff Joanne Letchford, Ph. Oeng Sopheap, Em Rattanak and Morn Sineang.
This workshop and follow-up monitoring of implementation addresses two components within the National Policy and Strategy for Medical Laboratories 2015-2020 and the National Policy and Strategy for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance 2015-2017: Strengthening laboratory capacity and strengthening antimicrobial resistance surveillance.