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Switzerland to provide $12 million to Kantha Bopha hospital

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Swiss Ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda and Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn. KT/Khem Sovannara

New Swiss Ambassador to Cambodia Helene Budliger Artieda said that her government will continue to provide $12 million to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals for three years.

The announcement was made when she met Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn at the ministry.

“The Swiss government promises to continue to provide aid to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital to support Cambodia in the health sector,” Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong quoted Helene Budliger Artieda as saying. “Even though Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital is now managed by Cambodian doctors, the Swiss still supports the children.”

Dr Beat Richner, the founder of the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals, died at 71 in Zurich, Switzerland in 2018. Dr Richner set up the first hospital in 1992 and oversaw them until 2017 when he stepped down due to a serious medical condition.

Mr Kuong said that the Cambodia government and the Cambodian Red Cross also give $16 million a year to the hospital for operations.

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