Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals
In 1992 the Zurich-born pediatrician Beat Richner (1947–2018) opened the first children’s clinic 'Kanta Bopha', Phnom Penh, in war-riddled Cambodia. In the intervening years five children’s hospitals have been established in which more than 85% of Cambodia’s sick children receive highly qualified medical treatment free of charge. 2001 saw the opening of a maternity clinic in Siem Reap Angkor.
The organization, built up by Dr. Richner in a country marked by corruption and bitter poverty, is an outstanding example of cooperative international development. The hospitals built up and financed by Dr. Richner’s foundation have since become university clinics in which medical staff are trained for the whole of Cambodia.
This aid organization is invaluable – facts and figures speak for themselves. In 2020 alone, the five children’s hospitals (in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Angkor) and the maternity hospital in Siem Reap Angkor achieved the following results:
639’000outpatient treatments of sick children in the polyclinics
133’000hospitalisations of seriously ill children
Kantha Bopha hospitals are so efficient that they have the best cost/healing ratio in the world.The mortality rate in the children's hospitals was 0.28% in 2019.
On September 9, 2018, this remarkable humanitarian ambassador of Switzerland returned to the world beyond. The pediatrician from Zurich leaves behind an exceptional lifetime achievement. With his unceasing and unselfish commitment, he brought medical care and healing to millions of children in Cambodia over the past 25 years, as well as relief to countless afflicted families. His accomplishments will also be a blessing for the future of the country. According to the foundation 'Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals', the continuity of the clinics is secure. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Richner has trained an entire generation of doctors who, together with the 2,500 staff members, will continue to handle the daily rush of some 3,000 sick children in a disciplined and well-organized manner.