Support AHC in the Fight Against Dengue Fever
Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is a syndrome caused by the mosquito-borne dengue virus. It tends to affect children under 10 most severely, causing abdominal bleeding, hemorrhaging, and circulatory collapse shock. DHF is spread in cyclical outbreaks, spiking every 4-5 years. This year’s numbers are peaking, and Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) is straining its limited resources in order to cope with the drastic influx of children requiring both Inpatient and Outpatient care. (Currently, over 50% of the patients in the AHC Inpatient Department have the dengue virus.) In May alone, there have been two dengue-related deaths in young children, and the number is only expected to increase.
In the coming months, the staff at AHC anticipate up to 500 more dengue patients — almost double the amount of patients already treated. As staff work overtime, showing admirable commitment and resilience, AHC's resources are being stretched thin. To keep pace with the outbreak, the hospital needs up to $75,000 in additional funding. Your generous support will help AHC continue to work around the clock to provide life-saving treatments to children afflicted by DHF. For more information on DHF click here.
AHC spends on average $290 per dengue patient from first admission to discharge from our facilities.
This cost includes salaries and overtime of doctors and nurses and cost of medicines and infection control at the hospital. In particular each child needs medicines (primarily IV fluids) that carry a cost of $82.