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PM creates Kantha Bopha Foundation

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Mothers with their children at Kantha Bopha Hospital, Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen created the Kantha Bopha Foundation on the last day of February.  Its purpose is to support the Kantha Bopha Children’sHospitals, which have had to deal budgeting problems.

On the first of March, at a meeting with the Youth Volunteer Doctors’ Association at Koh Pich, Hun Sen announced the foundation’s inception, and that he and his wife are honorary presidents.  He asked the Okhnas (tycoon, lord) to join it for the benefit of Cambodian children.

“I decided to create this foundation to support the treatment [of children and their mothers] in Kantha Bopha hospitals,” Hun Sen said.  Furthermore, that Cambodia must supply supportive funding to the hospitals, augmenting that donated by the Swiss.  Switzerland is the home country of the hospitals’ founder Beat Richter.

In November 2017, the Kantha Bopha hospitals celebrated their 25th anniversary, announcing they had treated almost 17 million children and pregnant woman through the years.  The first hospital was inaugurated in Phnom Penh by former King Norodom Sihanouk and is named after his daughter, who died from leukaemia at the age of 4.

The Prime minister also said that Cambodia continues to improve the qualifications of the nation’s doctors, rejecting the claims that only 10 percent of them are sufficiently qualified.  “I cannot accept this claim,” Mr Hun Sen said.

The hospitals’ financing comes from various sources.  Private donations cover over 86 percent of the funding.  The remainder is contributed by governments of Cambodia and Switzerland.

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