The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has launched a new project with $8.5 million in funding to strengthen the health systems by preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious diseases in Cambodia.
Through this six-years project, the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC), Cambodia Office will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen the national laboratory system, build the capacity of public health personnel including field epidemiologists and establish emergency management in the national and sub-national levels.
Country Director of KOICA Cambodia Office, Mr. Rho Hyujun who presided over the ceremony exchanged the signed Record of Discussion (R/D) with Secretary of State for Health, Dr. Or Vandine. The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also exchanged between the KOICA Country Director and the USCDC Country Director, Dr. Rachel Albalak .
This new project will continue to support the training of field epidemiologists so each district has an epidemiologist, by the end of the project, who can inspect the outbreak of any suspected cases in the area and follow up on the cases found.
In addition, KOICA will keep on building the Laboratory Quality Management System (LQMS) and Laboratory Information System (LIS) in 49 public laboratories in the country and strengthen the specimen transportation capacity.
All public laboratories will be expected to equip with more accurate and reliable diagnostics to detect infectious diseases as a result of this project.
The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) which performed a pivotal role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will also receive financial and technical support through this project, which will help run simulation exercises, complete a national risk assessment, finalise the EOC Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs) and conduct training for the EOC staffs and provincial focal points. Heng Panha – AKP