On top of the destruction and death toll from the Asian tsunami, the disaster revealed holes in health care systems that one Hong Kong charity is helping to plug. Project Hope Hong Kong, a charity active mostly on the mainland, is using US$60-70,000 raised in the weeks after the tsunami to train Thai nurses to better handle emergency care for children in disaster situations. 'We're co-operating with Chiang Mai University to set up a paediatric critical care nurse curriculum for the whole of Thailand,' said Project Hope Hong Kong's executive director Christine Mar Wong Yun-loong. 'The tsunami revealed a lot of gaps in paediatric healthcare. With the help of the Thai Ministry of Health these gaps have been identified and one of these is critical care for children. We're not suggesting that there will be another tsunami, but this will help with general critical healthcare for children over the long term.' Last December's tsunami killed about 180,000 people, with 50,000 still missing. Two thirds of that toll were children. Donations to Project Hope were boosted after the charity was highlighted in the South China Morning Post in the the tsunami's aftermath. 'We will be sending two senior healthcare workers - one from Chiang Mai University and the other the chief nurse at the Thai health department - to the University of Pennsylvania in the United States to develop a paediatric critical care curriculum,' Ms Mar said. 'It was found that during the tsunami nurses didn't have the type of skills needed to deal with some of the injuries sustained by children.' Once a curriculum has been developed, 43 nurses, mostly from tsunami-affected areas, will be trained over 18 months from January, Ms Mar said.