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500 yards from the birthplace of Jesus Christ, one special door is open to poor and expectant mothers.

This Advent, Join Us On a Journey to Bethlehem

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Blessed Pope John Paul II named Holy Family Hospital one of the top 100 priorities for the Roman Catholic Church in the new millennium.

Holy Family Hospital is the only hospital in the West Bank providing: neo-natal intensive care, over 45 well woman programs, and long term hospitalization for high risk mothers.  Outreach programs such as the diabetes clinic and mobile van care for populations that have been neglected and untreated.

Palestinian women have for decades faced a multitude of health risks: restricted access to medical services due to occupation, a deteriorating economic situation, traditional cultural beliefs, and lack of adequate services.

A Christian Presence in Palestine

Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem is the premier maternity hospital and newborn critical care center for the Bethlehem region, four United Nations refugee camps and Bedouin encampments in the desert. Offering the poorest and most defenseless families a place of refuge, a place of promise and a place equipped to save their lives.

 

Did You Know?

  • According to UNRWA, 15% of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank live with diabetes (double the rate in the United States).Holy Family Hospital has one of the only Palestinian clinics which functions as a complete diabetic care center.
  • There are approximately 600 checkpoints in the West Bank, restricting movement between cities for Palestinian people.
  • The barrier wall is approximately 258 miles long restricting movement and access to jobs, healthcare and goods.
  • The unemployment rate for people ages 15-24 is 47%, #5 on the world list.

We were blown away by the complexity of the medical conditions being treated and the professionalism of the staff. The doctors and nurses really put their hearts into their work – a labor of love. They take anyone in need regardless of their religion or ability to pay.

- Chase and Dee Israelson, Pilgrims