Fondation Kantha Bopha – Dr med. Beat Richner

Projet terminé

25 years of Dr Richner’s tireless efforts resulted in millions of children receiving free quality medical care at Kantha Bopha Hospitals. Despite his retirement early 2017, the five hospitals are operating smoothly with the management model he set up and the commitment of the Royal Government of Cambodia to maintain it. SDC’s financial support remains crucial until a sustainable Cambodian financing is found.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Politique du secteur publique
Système de santé primaire
Renforcement des systèmes de santé
Maladies infectieuses
Services médicaux
01.01.2019 - 31.03.2023
CHF  16’400’000
Contexte The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) is committed to achieving universal health coverage by 2030 as indicated in the Sustainable Development Goal 3. With this commitment, social insurance coverage has been scaled up at a faster speed. Despite improvements in health coverage, more remains to be done for approximately 70% of Cambodian people that are without insurance scheme and quality health facilities. The Kantha Bopha Hospitals (KBH) offers free health care to children and expecting women regardless of whether they are insured or not. The hospitals are bridging the inequity gap in access to quality health services.
Objectifs The goal is to contribute to the improvement of child and maternal health through equitable and responsive public health services, as well as sustainable health financing.
Groupes cibles
  • Children (<15 years) and expecting mothers in Cambodia
  • Accompanying caregivers of patients
  • Cambodian health personnel (doctors and nursing staff)
Effets à moyen terme

KBH objectives:

1. Contribution to the reduction of the 2014 maternal mortality rate (>170/100,000 live births).

2. Contribution to the reduction of 2014 neonatal and child mortality rate (>27/1000 live births).

SDC objectives:

3. The Cambodian Kantha Bopha Foundation’s and the Royal Government of Cambodia’s public health financing are disbursed upfront and able to cover 80% of the total KBH expenditure by 2028 (and 46% by 2021), making them less dependent on public and private fundraising in Switzerland.

4. Expansion and replication of elements of the Hospitals as a standard child healthcare model in Cambodia. The model is evidence-based, understood and promoted by health sector authorities in Cambodia.



Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Dialogue with the relevant authorities for the sustainable financing of KBH by RGC and CKF.
  • Advocacy for the development by KBH and KBF of a financing strategy and a formalization of all contracts between KB and their partners.
  • Process evaluations and enhanced reporting on the KBH by a thorough cost-benefit analysis.
  • Facilitation of the acceptance of KBH model in public health institutions and networks. Follow-up on the decentralization reform in contribution to integration of the KBH model.
  • inputs on evidence-based analysis and studies; contributions to pro-poor health financing and insurance models or reforms, as co-secretariat of a group of development partners leading discussions on health financing policies in Cambodia (P4HC+).

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

In 2016, Kantha Bopha Hospitals treated 65% of Cambodian patients for pediatric and maternal health cases. From 2015 to 2017, KBH increased its number of patients and operations significantly:

  • Inpatients: from 137’270 to 147’515 children in 2017 (+6.9%);
  • Outpatients: from 756’006 to 909’192 cases in 2017 (+17%);
  • Maternity department: from 21’900 to 29’828 deliveries in 2017 (+27%).

The Hospitals progressed on their sustainable financing and on the upkeep of their management model, thank to :

  • a regular and strengthened high-level dialogue between the hospitals and Foundation with the RGC and SDC;
  • the establishment of a Cambodian Kantha Bopha Foundation (CKF) with aim to guarantees KBH’s operating model and financial sustainability.
  • the raising awareness to other development partners about KBH’s cost effectiveness through the active participation of SDC in health financing working groups.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Secteur privé
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Fondation hôpital de pédiatrie Kantha Bopha
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est

Autres partenaires

Ministry of Interior/ NCDD-Secretariat,

P4HC+ members (WHO, BMZ/GIZ Unicef, USAid, JICA, KOICA, etc.)

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs KBH, RGC’s ministries of Health, of Economy and Finance, and of Tourism, CKF, Children’s Hospital Zürich
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    16’400’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    16’338’055
Phases du projet Phase 10 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2027   (Phase en cours)

Phase 9 01.01.2019 - 31.03.2023   (Completed)

Phase 8 01.09.2016 - 31.07.2019   (Completed) Phase 7 01.05.2013 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 6 01.01.2010 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)