Setting up of a microbiology unit in Thakhek Hospital

October 11, 2010 - Thakhek (Laos)


As part of the continuing construction of the laboratory extension in Thakhek Hospital (Laos), which was unveiled in January 2009, Fondation Mérieux initiated the integration of an bio-medical intern, Dr. Elodie Luangkot, with financial support from the Rhône-Alps region.

Her mission, whose main objective was the training of a laboratory team, and the launching and sustaining of a microbiology unit, comes to an end today.

Dr. Luangkot presented a positive assessment of her mission highlighting the following achievements:

  • Sustainability of the laboratory activities through the drafting of procedures;
  • Training of the laboratory team;
  • Discovery ot 4 different cases of melioidosis, which lead to the setting up of a specific protocol for suspected patients.

Fondation Mérieux and the Rhône-Alps region have decided to continue this mission through the integration of a new intern in 2011, whose major objective will be to reinforce biological analysis prescriptions and to support doctors in the interpretation of results.