Late Dr. Beat Richner’s Ashes To Be Kept at Stupa in front of Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital

AKP Phnom Penh, December 05, 2018 —

The ashes of late H.E. Dr. Med. Beat Richner, Founder of the Kantha Bopha Foundation, will be kept at a stupa in front of Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital in Siem Reap province.

This morning, there was a procession of his ashes from Siem Reap International Airport to the hospital in the presence of Samdech Chaufea Veang Kong Sam Ol, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace, Siem Reap Provincial Governor H.E. Khim Bunsong, provincial authorities, his family members, and many civil servants, students and local people.

Tomorrow, a religious ceremony will be organised in dedication to the soul of H.E. Dr. Med. Beat Richner under the royal presidency of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia and Her Majesty the Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.

H.E. Dr. Med. Beat Richner was regarded by the Cambodian people as children’s saviour. He passed away at the age of 71 in his hometown Zurich, Switzerland on Sept. 9, 2018.


He resigned from his position as President of Kantha Bopha and Jayavarman VII Hospitals and returned to his country, Switzerland, in 2017 due to serious health problem.


Pediatrician, virtuoso cellist Beatocello, the late Dr. Med. Beat Richner left everything in 1992 to follow the call of the former King of Cambodia, His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, who asked him to rebuild the children’s hospital in Phnom Penh, destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime.


In 25 years, the Swiss Doctor has built and run five children’s hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap where he fought with great success for a revolutionary new approach to medical aid in poor countries: offering correct medicine, free for all.


Dr. Richner regularly gave concerts in Switzerland to present his work and solicit donations. Thanks to the generosity of thousands of Swiss donors, large and small, he has been able to treat, operate and vaccinate millions of children. Hundreds of thousands of children have been saved from a certain death in hospitals that are now run by Cambodian doctors and staff, trained by him and Swiss professors.


This perennial work, which has become the central pillar of the Cambodian health system, is now considered by international experts as the best example of effective assistance in the field of health.


The first Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital was opened on Sept. 22, 1992, the second in October 1996, the third in May 1999, the fourth in December 2005 and the fifth in December 2007.


The four Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals in Phnom Penh and the Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital in Siem Reap province have been being supported by the Cambodian and Swiss governments as well as many other local and foreign charitable people.

(Photo: Thach Phanarong & Khim Sovannara) 

By C. Nika