The Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU) was established in 2007 as a collaboration between the Angkor Hospital for Children and MORU. The first step in this collaboration was to equip the Angkor Hospital with a microbiological laboratory, and to train the Hospital's technical staff.
COMRU are now using this facility to prospectively define the causes of febrile illness and establish susceptibility patterns of common culturable bacterial pathogens. These data will also allow researchers to identify causes of sepsis and sepsis-related death, and will improve diagnosis, treatment and management of paediatric infections in Cambodia.
The Angkor Hospital for Children is a paediatric hospital in Siem Reap, northwest Cambodia. The city has a population of 140,000 people and is the fastest growing city in the country; a direct result of a boom in tourism with more than 2000 people arriving each day to visit the Angkor Wat temples. The Hospital is a clinical training site for doctors, and for nursing students from Cambodia’s regional training centers. It provides outpatient, inpatient, emergency, surgical, medical, ophthalmological and dental care.
This video introduces COMRU, the Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit, a collaboration between the Angkor Hospital for Children and Bangkok-based Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU).
Currently run by Dr Claudia Turner and Professor Paul Turner, COMRU works to provide insights into the leading causes of bacterial sepsis among the local Cambodian population. The Unit's new microbiology lab, which opened in June 2013, will allow medical researchers to identify causes of sepsis and sepsis-related death, and facilitate the development of rational approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and management of paediatric infections at the Angkor Hospital for Children and throughout Cambodia.