Our partners in Cambodia include specialists of human health and animal health. The Bureau of Medical Laboratory Services (BMLS) of the Ministry of Health is in charge of SEALAB implementation.
In Cambodia, the project’s success is built on strong partnerships:
BMLS is responsible for the implementation of the National Laboratory Policy and Strategy. Moreover, it is directly responsible for centralizing management and coordinating medical laboratory services countrywide. Specifically, BMLS regulates quality assurance; develops, reviews and updates the medical laboratory policy; supervises and mentors medical laboratories; organizes continuing education programs for laboratory personnel; and coordinates standardization of laboratory techniques, equipment, reagents and test kits to fit the Laboratory Information Management System.
GDAHP is part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. NAHPRI oversees animal health, research, and disease outbreak investigations. This institute is closely involved with animal health issues and stays in contact with village animal health workers, district and provincial vets. It communicates information at the local and national levels.
In the field of human health, the laboratory system includes reference laboratories:
Additionally, the laboratory system covers laboratories of 9 national referral hospitals, 24 provincial referral hospitals and 84 district hospitals. The Cambodian Laboratory Information System (CamLIS) is operational in 56 laboratories.
On the veterinary side, only the Laboratory of NAHPRI is operational for testing; provincial basic laboratories only conduct autopsies and collect specimens to be sent to the central laboratory. A World Bank project provides support to set up 5 decentralized provincial veterinary laboratories in 2021.
Cambodia’s Health Strategic Plan (HSP3) 2016-2020, aims to address key challenges facing the Cambodian health system: