DATOS experts have been working on the development of national tuberculosis laboratory technical procedures documents 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 developed a draft general document outlining the functioning of the Cambodian TB laboratory network, along with technical procedures documents for smear microscopy, culture and DST, and Xpert MTB/RIF testing.

These documents were reviewed by CENAT experts and partners in Siem Reap in January 2018. Feedback provided during this workshop was incorporated to make the documents fully relevant for the Cambodian context. A second workshop was held, with the same participants, in Kampot on 28th February and 1st March, during which the changes made were reviewed, and final edits were suggested prior to the finalization of the English language versions. These will then be translated into Khmer before approval by the CENAT, and distribution throughout the Cambodian tuberculosis network.