In Cambodia, Trauma Care Foundation broke new ground when nongraduate and graduate medical personel joined together in medical research course. The aim was to build up a team of researchers in rural communities, to address the social and health problems encountered by the poor and marginalised people in the area.
From 2010 to 2014, 16 health workers from the north-west of Cambodia completed a series of courses in health research methodology. All the students were working with the local public health services. They included six midwives, three MD doctors, three medical assistants, one blood bank technician and three nurses. The last two years of the programme, the students completed their own research projects, and presented the results in articles as well as at a conference in Battambang in June 2014.