In the beginning of July we organized a workshop and discussions with members of the National Tuberculosis Program and the National TB Reference Laboratory in Cambodia to revise their National Laboratory Guideline.

TB diagnosis: a rapidly changing field

Laboratory diagnosis is crucial for TB control, not only to confirm clinical diagnosis, but also to determine whether the infecting TB bacterium is sensitive for the standard drugs used and whether the treatment is killing the bacteria which are present.

In recent years a whole new array of test methods became available: LED fluorescent microscopy, liquid culture, GeneXpert and various (other) methods) of molecular testing. As these methods are being introduced, the national TB laboratory networks need to update their laboratory guidelines and diagnostic testing algorithms and prepare new standard operating procedures and training modules for the successful implementation of these new methods.

Our assistance to the Cambodia National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP)

At the request of ChallengeTB, the KNCV and the implementing partner in Cambodia, FHI360, we assisted the NTP in drafting an outline for their new laboratory guideline and making an action plan for writing, proofreading, field testing and finally printing of this updated guideline by the end of 2016.