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High quality maternity care on the West Bank

Order of Malta’s Holy Family Hospital, Bethlehem, welcomed 4000 infants in 2017

Bethlehem, Palestine,2 January 2018

A new ArrivAl At the Holy FAmily HospitAl, Bethlehem

A new arrival at the Holy Family Hospital, Bethlehem

By the close of 2017, the Order of Malta’s Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem had recorded the births of 4000 infants during the year, born in the maternity hospital which has been run by the Order of Malta since 1990.  

Situated a few metres from the Church of the Nativity, its high quality facilities include the only neonatal intensive care unit in the West Bank. In a country where there is no social security and no medical insurance, mothers and infants are cared for without regard to religion or national origin and patients pay only what they can afford.

The hospital recently organised the first neonatal symposium for paramedics, supported by the Order of Malta’s diplomatic representative in Palestine, Michèle Bowe, together with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. 45 nurses from 10 local hospitals participated. For more information: 

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