Caritas Baby Hospital (CBH) was founded in 1953 by Father Ernst Schnydrig, a Swiss priest, in Bethlehem. Since 1963, it has been operated by the Swiss NGO Kinderhilfe Bethlehem -Children’s Relief Bethlehem (CRB), which is based in Luzern, Switzerland.
CBH is the West Bank’s only children’s hospital that offers medical and social services to every child in need, irrespective of origin or religion. Annually, around 53,000 treatments are offered to Palestinian children in the outpatient clinic and the inpatient wards of the hospital.
CBH provides treatment for the most basic pediatric illnesses, and for neonatal and congenital disorders. It also caters to patients with hereditary, neurologic and metabolic diseases.
CBH focuses on three pediatric sub-specialties - neurology, pulmonology, and neonatal and pediatric intensive care, in accordance to the rising demand for these sub-specializations as reflected in the hospital’s strategic plan of 2018-2023.
The majority of our patients come from the southern parts of the West Bank, namely the governorates of Bethlehem and Hebron. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), around one million people live in the served area, wherein the percentage of children younger than 18 years is estimated to be 43% of the total population.