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".
A tradition at Holy Family Hospital since over a century, Out reach clinics were reintroduced in 1995. The service continued to grow and reached a much greater number of women living in rural villages and scattered communities. It enables medical and social care to be brought to the doorstep of mothers who are unable to travel to the hospital.
In particular it makes it possible to assist the poor woman existing in pockets of poverty in remote hillside communities often living in dreadful conditions in shacks without sanitation, light, heat or clean water.
Because of the increasing numbers of woman coming to outreach, an urgent need existed to extend this sector of the hospital activities and a priority on the hospital wish list was fulfilled by a generous donor; a Mobile clinic which can access the most distressed areas and, when needed, transport emergency cases to the hospital. Holy Family Hospital can now say that it provides a safe and secure room in the inn for all.
The Clinic (staffed by an OB/GYN, a paediatrician, a nurse, and a driver) offers a range of services including pre- and postnatal exams, lab tests, and gynaecological/cancer screenings, all from within a state-of-the-art mobile van. The paediatrician cares for young children and newborns and refers those with severe illness or developmental disabilities to receive specialized care.
Periodically, a second OB/GYN accompanies the Clinic team to address the medical needs of postmenopausal women — a severely underserved population in Palestine.