COMRU opens new neonatal unit


Siem Reap (Cambodia) 13 September 2013 - After a year of hard work, the new Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU) Neonatal Care Unit at Siem Reap’s Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) opened with a ceremony attended by local dignitaries and VIPs. The Neonatal Unit is made up of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (two beds, with five possible should funding become available) and the Special Care Baby Unit (currently five beds, can be increased to seven).

The Neonatal Care Unit is an important clinical facility and an opportunity for neonatal research. The most common diagnosis of babies in the Unit is sepsis followed by prematurity and birth asphyxia. Supported by many donors, the Unit was mainly funded by the Children of Cambodia charity.

Coinciding with the opening, Dr. Ben Cooper’s MRC-funded study, “Colonisation of a new neonatal unit: defining organisms, rates and transmission pathways”, began at COMRU. This study aims to map patient and environmental colonisation by multi-drug resistant Gram negative organisms over time.