Joanne Letchford, MPH

Joanne Letchford, MPH

Joanne Letchford is a hospital laboratory scientist from Port Macquarie, Australia. Jo has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Microbiology from the University of Sydney and a Master’s of Public Health with a major in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness from James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. Jo has more than 30-years’ experience in clinical diagnostic microbiology. Since 2009, Jo has lived and worked in Cambodia training government staff using DMDP’s sustainable approach to benchtop diagnostic microbiology. She first arrived in Cambodia as a ‘Volunteer for International Development from Australia’ (VIDA) with an assignment to build capacity in clinical microbiology diagnostic testing in Kampong Cham Provincial Hospital. After 18 months, Jo continued this work as a consultant for the World Health Organization and then for DMDP in provincial and national hospital laboratories: Battambang, Takeo, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Kampot, the National Pediatric Hospital, and Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh. In 2013, Jo begun working as the Chief Technical Officer for DMDP and was promoted to the position of Cambodia Country Director in 2016. In 2017, Jo was awarded the University of Sydney, Faculty of Science Alumni award for Service to Humanity.