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 50,000 treatments are offered to Palestinian children –up to 18 years of age– in the outpatient department 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 subspecialties –neurology, pulmonology, and neonatal and pediatric intensive care– in accordance to the rising demand for for these services 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), over 400,000 children live in the served area; making up 42% of the total population.