The Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program

The Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program was created in 2008 to develop microbiology laboratory infrastructure and recruit volunteer, experienced clinical microbiologists to train microbiology technicians in resource-poor areas of the world in basic, simple, rapid microbiological testing methods that will allow reporting of actionable information to clinicians treating infectious diseases in their patients.

We believe that routine diagnostic microbiology laboratories contribute to patient care, hospital infection control and outbreak investigations.  We believe that everyone regardless of socioeconomic condition has the right to expect that their health care providers will have access to a quality diagnostic microbiology laboratory providing reliable bacterial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing.

There are now four of us on the Board of Directors. Jim McLaughlin, Ph.D., Ellen Jo Baron, Ph.D., Sophal Ear, Ph.D., and Robert Martin, MPH, DrPH

DMDP is registered in the State of California as a 501 (c)(3) organization.  The articles of incorporation, bylaws and conflict of interest policies are available on request.

  1. Meshack Juma Msc.student in Medical Microbiology
    November 5, 2011 at 1:29 am | #1

    Happy to learn of the existance of Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program with a policy to develop microbiology laboratory infrastructure and recruit volunteer, experienced clinical microbiologists to train microbiology technicians in resource-poor areas of the world in basic, simple, rapid microbiological testing methods that will allow reporting of actionable information to clinicians treating infectious diseases.

    Routine diagnostic microbiology laboratories contribute greatly to patient care, hospital infection control and outbreak investigations in Kenya.

    It’s also very true that everyone regardless of socioeconomic condition has the right to expect that their health care providers will have access to a quality diagnostic microbiology laboratory providing reliable bacterial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing.

    I salute the four Board of Directors. Jim McLaughlin, Ph.D., Ellen Jo Baron, Ph.D., Sophal Ear, Ph.D., and Robert Martin, MPH, DrPH

    From my reading I now know that DMDP is registered in the State of California as a 501 (c)(3) organization and has carried out activities in some resource poor countries.

    In Kenya like in some parts of te world most of the diseases that cause human suffering and death are of microbiological origin. While most of the well established hospital owned by the state, privite investers and faith based organizations are in the capital “Nairobi” and the two other major cities Mombasa and Kisumu the rest of the country is poorly covered. There are few trained laboratory technicians spread all over the country but there is need for them to get refresher training, to improve infrastructure in their centre and bring in additional material to provide up to date diagnosis in the field of microbiology.

    There is great need to develope diagnostic micrbiology in the rural Kenya and improve the existing man power capacity in the urban areas. I have great interest in this field and it will be my pleasure to work with this organization to help me utilize the skills I have learned, learn more from your organization and involve the students I interact with at the university of Nairobi as a Medical laboratory instructor to improve diagnostic techniques in microbiology.

    I will welcome advice and information that will help me achieve this objective

    Kind Regards

    Meshack Juma

    Senior Medical Laboratory Instructor
    Medical Microbiology Department School of Medicine University of Nairobi

    Msc Student in Medical Microbiology
    Post Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Research Methods
    Bsc. Medical Microbiology
    Higher National Diploma in Diagnostic Micro/Viro/Immmunology
    Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences

  2. August 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm | #2

    I am very happy to see a Organized Programme like “Diagnostic Microbiology Development Programme” I think many do not know in India existence such resource with a free access.. Many infections affect the people living in poor living condition apart from poverty. and ultimately succumb to many preventable conditions.. India has many microbiologists but the resources are poorly used to make the matters useful to the infectious patients. If one works and interacts with these knowledge we can bring in change in practice of diagnostic Microbiology, Prevention of Infections increases the human comfort and productivity I request all friends on Rao”s Microbiology use the resources and contribute your best Dr.T.V.Rao MD Professor of Microbiology, Travancore Medical College, Kollam Kerala India

  3. August 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm | #3

    The much discussed topic of Antibiotic drug resistance is great concern in Developing countries the system of testing antibiotic resistance runs in a erratic fashion, lack of training and quality control and resources. But our determined efforts cam bring in change if we follow few standards in antibiotic sensitivity testing and practice of documentation with WHONET at many stages we have control on pattern and emerging trends in drug resistance.I am happy that I could implement WHONET Documentation system at Sri Deva Raj Urs Medical college, Kolar Karnataka and Travancore Medical College, Kollam Kerala India .Interested Microbiologists can be touch with us at email doctortvrao@gmail.com to steps to implement and practice good antibiotic sensitivity practices Dr.T.V.Rao and all the faculty and Staff at Tavancore Medical College, Kollam India

  4. Soem Nang
    April 21, 2013 at 1:19 am | #4

    DMDP is a good arganization provide many benefit to laboratory technician training n practice improving skills and increase knowledge. DMDP help to develope poor country that don’t have enough capacity practice in laboratory and requirement to staff volunteer work at other organization. I am very happy to see DMDP provide improving microbiology in my country. Cambodia is developing country and people poor education about health and they don’t know what is bacteria affects to their life. DMDP can prevent and developing microbiology high quality and many advantage ..

  5. April 21, 2013 at 2:45 am | #5

    The knowledge on the DMDP improves the quality of Diagnostic Microbiology services in many laboratories globally, many laboratories lack the basic skills in characterization of Microbes in particular identifying Normal flora from pathogens. A good bacteriology laboratory services reduces the Antibiotic resistance with optimal diagnostic rests – Dr.T.V.Rao MD Professor of Microbiology Travancore Medical College Kollam India

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: