Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals
Dr. med. Beat Richner, Cambodia
In 1982 the Zurich-born children’s doctor Beat Richner opened the first children’s clinic “Kanta Bopha”, Phnom Penh, in war-riddled Cambodia. In the meantime there are five children’s hospitals in which 85–90% of Cambodia’s children receive highly qualified medical treatment free of charge. 2001 saw the opening of a maternity hospital in Siem Reap Angkor.
The organisation, built up by Dr. Richner in a country marked by corruption and bitter poverty, is an outstanding example for international development cooperation. The hospitals built up and financed by Dr. Richner’s foundation have since become university clinics in which medical staff is trained for the whole of Cambodia.
This relief institution is invaluable – facts and figures speak for themselves. Alone in 2014 the five children’s hospitals (in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Angkor) and the maternity hospital in Siem Reap Angkor have achieved the following results:
- Ambulant treatments of sick children in the outpatient stations: 696’329
- Hospitalisation of seriously sick children: 122’086
- Surgical operations: 18’335
- Pregnancy controls: 121’017
- Deliveries in the maternity: 19’361
Compared with worldwide cost/healing ratios, Kantha Bopha hospitals rank the highest and, in addition, their mortality rate is only 0.3%.