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

This Year, 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?

  • Holy Family Hospital employs 139 people. It is common that up to 18 members of a given family are dependent on a single salary of a hospital employee.
  • The population of the West Bank, comprised of Christians and Muslims, is 2.6 million, 722,000 are recognized as refugees by United Nations Relief Works Agency.
  • 18% of the population is under the poverty line.
  • The West Bank is 2,263 square miles, which is an area slightly smaller than the state of Delaware.

The survival rate in our department is very good. We can compare our department to similar departments in Europe or other parts of the developed world. I am from Bethlehem and it makes me feel proud to be helping these fragile babies.

- Dr. Saleem Kunkar, Caregivers