As the number of diagnostic microbiology laboratories in Cambodian public hospitals increases, the need for a centralized source of reliable quality controlled agar plates becomes more important.

The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has an excellent laboratory with all the necessary equipment for media preparation. Pharmacy students here have the expertise to prepare and QC the media to distribute to provincial hospital microbiology labs.

One of the challenges in the provincial hospital microbiology labs is maintaining the required QC organisms.  The UHS laboratory has a -20C freezer to reliably maintain QC bacteria.

Discussions are underway to implement the production of agar plates in this facility for distribution to diagnostic microbiology laboratories tin public hospitals throughout Cambodia.