The Institut Pasteur du Cambodge, a member of the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN), is a government-approved non-profit institution. The Institute signed an agreement with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in 1992 which was renewed by an endorsement in 2013. The Institute is under the senior patronage of the Cambodian Ministry of Health, on behalf of which it carries out life sciences and health research, public health and services as well as training activities. The Institute has reinforced this mission over the past 15 years in collaboration with national and international institutions. It contributes to the diagnosis, research, and prevention of the priority infectious diseases in Cambodia and the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS). It plays a major role in microbiological monitoring and research in cooperation with national and international partners, as well as several IPIN institutes, first and foremost the Institut Pasteur in Paris. It hosts local researchers and international researchers from Institut Pasteur (IP), French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement. IRD) and the French Agricultural Research for Development (Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique Pour le Développement, CIRAD).
At the cutting edge of biomedical research in microbiology (bacteriology, virology, malaria, parasitology, mycology, immunology, epidemiology, medical entomology), its laboratories are among the most efficient in Cambodia and Southeast Asia (SEA) in the areas of diagnosis and the study of pathogen transmission, analysis of biological and genetic markers for severity or the antimicrobial resistance of microorganisms, prevention and clinical research. The significant scientific advances are published in scientific articles (and book chapters) and are made possible due to the insight and perseverance of researchers in securing contracts and carrying out research, the key involvement of the IPC’s technical and administrative personnel, support from the Cambodian MOH, critical support from the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI), the French Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), and Institut Pasteur in Paris.
Since its creation in 1995, the Medical Laboratory also known as “Laboratoire de Biologie Médicale” (LBM) of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge provides a platform for comprehensive medical and biological analyses to Cambodian and international clients.
The International Vaccination Center at the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (ivc@ipc) is the country’s only international vaccination center. It provides Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) and non-EPI vaccination services to the general public, with a state-of-the art cold chain and quality control.
Rabies virus circulation is intense in Cambodia. Since its creation in 1995, the Rabies Prevention Center at the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) in Phnom Penh has provided rabies prevention services after a potentially infectious bite to over 175,000 people in Cambodia.
This highlights the importance of making sure the food we eat is not contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins and chemicals. Food contamination can occur at any point during production, distribution and preparation.
The Institut Pasteur in Cambodia financially supports its anonymous voluntary counseling and free testing clinic (VCTC). This center was the first to be set up in Cambodia, in 1996.
The Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) remains fully committed to working together with the Ministry of Health to combat COVID-19 in Cambodia. As of 26 October 2020, IPC has performed more than 100,000 (one hundred thousand) COVID-19 molecular diagnostic tests by RT-PCR in the Virology Unit.
The COVID-19 pandemic once again draws attention on zoonotic diseases and their impact on public health. Over the last 20 years three of the major epidemics (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – SARS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – MERS and the COVID-19) shows that potential transmission of pathogens from animal to humans are a serious threat to public health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has named Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) as an International Reference Laboratory for COVID-19. The WHO COVID-19 Reference Laboratory Network is comprised of laboratories able to provide confirmatory testing for COVID-19, and these laboratories are crucial in addressing and meeting the public health risks emerging from the global COVID-19 pandemic.