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Kantha Bopha Foundation sees decrease in donations

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Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital needs donations to keep on treating families free of charge. KT/Siv Channa

The Kantha Bopha Foundation has reported a 20 percent decrease in donations within the first eight months of this year, compared to 2019.

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The announcement came yesterday during the meeting between the Director of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to Cambodia, Markus Buerli, and the director of Kantha Bopha Foundation Oun Poanmonyroth.

Poanmonyroth said: “In the first eight months of this year, the Kantha Bopha Foundation has received just short of $16 million in donations, a marked drop compared to donations in 2019. The fall in donations has been because of the pandemic.”

Director of Kantha Bopha hospital Denis Laurent agreed in his statement yesterday, saying that this year’s donations have dropped by $4million in comparison to 2019 because of COVID-19.

We have seen a significant decline for the economy and tourism due to the impact of the pandemic. This has hit especially hard in the case of the contributions usually given from sales of Angkor Wat tickets, which have significantly declined this year due to a lack of tourism.

However, according to Laurent, the hospital has had fewer patients in 2020.

“The number of patients decreased by 30 percent in the months of March, April and May. Now we are receiving around 15 percent less than usual,” he said.

“However, the higher numbers we received last year was largely due to the huge dengue epidemic, which saw 25,000 people hospitalised,” he said.

“The decrease in patients this year is due to the mandatory quarantine, school closures and other ministry measures which have curbed the transmission of the virus,” he added.

Despite the drop in numbers at the hospital amid the pandemic, he said the hospital is still overcrowded in its maternity wards.

“We have also admitted patients for a number of other reasons, including general infections, surgical intervention – such as cardiac, orthopedic and neurosurgical interventions – as well as pneumonia and encephalitis,” he said.

“More recently, we have been facing the new Chikungunya epidemic, with over 950 confirmed cases, most of them from Siem Reap province. Fortunately, we have not recorded any deaths because of Chikungunya,” he added.

Mother of three children Kham Sopary said yesterday that the Kantha Bopha hospital has helped cure a lot of children in Cambodia, without charging any money.

“All of my three children have received treatment from the hospital. Without the hospital, many families would be in debt just trying to get treatment for their children,” she said.

“The hospital operates professionally and efficiently. It is very reliable,” she added.

Director of the SDC Markus Buerli yesterday acknowledged that the Kantha Bopha Foundation has played an important role in providing funding for the Kantha Bopha hospital.

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