DATOS experts have been working on the development of national tuberculosis laboratory guidelines for use by the National Tuberculosis Program (CENAT) of Cambodia. This work is being done as part of the Challenge TB project, and in collaboration with the FHI360 country office in Cambodia. DATOS has developed a draft general guideline outlining the functioning of the Cambodian TB laboratory network, along with technical procedures guidelines for smear microscopy, culture and DST, and Xpert MTB/RIF testing.

During the workshop held in Siem Reap, national CENAT experts and partners reviewed the draft guidelines and helped to make them more relevant to the Cambodian context.

Next steps include a capacity-building visit, during which a senior member of CENAT laboratory staff will visit the DATOS office in the Netherlands to learn about guideline development, and a second workshop in Cambodia, where the reviewed documents will be finalized.