Today, 800 meters from the birthplace of Jesus Christ, one special door is always open to the poor and destitute expectant mothers; Holy Family Hospital - Bethlehem, a state of the art maternity hospital, because "the poorest deserve the best".
The economic situation in the area is very difficult also due to the political conditions and is worsening every day with a very high rate of unemployment in the Bethlehem area.
Palestine has a limited national health system and not all patients can afford to pay the full cost of hospitalization, so a team of social workers assesses the individual situation of patients in need and defines the appropriate support.
In order to provide efficient essential and specialized services, the running costs of the hospital are heavily subsidized by the Order of Malta, other governmental or non governmental organizations as well as by private donors.
The remaining running costs must be covered by regular fundraising campaigns organized by certain Associations of the Sovereign Order of Malta or by private donors.