The 50,000th baby to be born at the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem recently was a cause of particularly great joy for all concerned. Aisha is the daughter, and first-born, of a young Palestinian couple. Commenting on the occasion, the general manager of the hospital, said: ‘Women are symbolic of the future, and here in this country we have to work a lot for the women of Palestine to get their rights, including decent health care.’
The Holy Family Hospital has been in Bethlehem since 1990, and it is run by the Order of Malta in partnership with the Daughters of Charity order of nuns.
Readers will recall my blog (30 May 2009) about another fantastic hospital in Bethlehem – the Caritas Baby Hospital – and the wonderful work of caring for the mothers and babies of Bethlehem, and surrounding areas, that is taking place there.