The Mérieux Foundation began working in Cambodia in 2001 and constructed the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory (LRM) in the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh in 2005. Renovated in 2016, Cambodia’s LRM is a member of the GABRIEL network and focuses its research on respiratory infections (such as pneumonia and influenza), hepatitis (including HIV co-infections), and environmental pathogens.
To ensure access to high quality diagnoses, the Mérieux Foundation supports CAM-LAB, which provides workshops, training, policy advice, and a national external quality assessment program to a network of Cambodian laboratories. In 2017, 44 laboratories participated in the quality assessment. Also with the support of the Mérieux Foundation, the microbiology laboratory of the Battambang province has been designated a Regional Reference Center and is being expanded.