Medical services in Beit Jala are fairly advanced. Hospital services are provided by the governmental run Beit Jala Hospital, containing 113 beds, as well as the privately run Specialized Surgery Hospital of the Arab Society for Rehabilitation, which contains 77 beds in addition to Al- Dibs Maternity Hospital for childbirth which contains 10 beds. Primary health care such as detection and basic treatment is provided for the citizens of Beit Jala and the surrounding villages by the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian Authority through the Directorate of Health in Bethlehem.
In addition, there are many non-governmental charities, medical institutions and private health clinics which managed to claim multiple functions in the area of welfare and social development. Among these institutions are The Rehabilitation Centre of the Arab Society, The Jemima Foundation for mentally disabled children, and the Life Gate Rehabilitation Foundation which work for the rehabilitation of disabled persons and provide them with certain skills to facilitate their integration in the community. In addition to Asdiqa' Al- Mareed Soceity - Beit an Nour clinics, also the Civil Society for the Visually Impaired- Ash Shurouq School for the blind.
Not to forget to mention the Beit Jala medical center which includes several clinics in various specialists including a maternity and child center known as "Omomeh and Tofoleh Center". . Moreover, Beit Jala City has many laboratories and x-rays centers and dental clinics and pharmacies in the city. All of these institutions serve not only the city of Beit Jala, but also the neighboring cities and villages in the governorate of Bethlehem and throughout Palestine.
Beit Jala Governmental Hospital (Al Hussein)
Head: Dr. Ziad Shqeir
Mailing Address: PO Box 667, Bethlehem
Specialized Surgery Hospital of the Bethelehem Arab Society for Rehabilitatio
Head: Mr. Edmond Shehadeh
Telephone: 972 2 274-4050, 274-4051, 274-4052
Fax No: 972 2 274-4053
Address: Bethlehem Arab Society, P. O. Box 100, Bethlehem
Founded in 1960, the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation provides comprehensive medical and rehabilitation services to beneficiaries from different parts of Palestine, particularly those with special needs regardless of their gender, age, religion or social class. Its services include specialized medical, rehabilitation & surgical services on a national level, an integrated community day care center and a children’s cultural center on an intermediate level, and community based rehabilitation (CBR) programs, outreach rehabilitation programs, and crisis intervention programs on a grassroots level.
Dibs Maternity hospital for childbirth
Head: Dr. Nafeth Al- Dibs
Jemina Organization for Mentally Handicapped Children
Address: P.O. Box 971, Al-Doha St., Beit Jala
The Jemina Organization for Mentally Handicapped Children is a branch of the Dutch Jemina Organization. It was established in 1986 and works to provide care for mentally and physically handicapped boys and girls, to train them for independence, and to offer them entertainment and educational activities. Its services cover the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Jemina Home for boys and Kizya Home for girls provide daily care as well as physiotherapy.
Swedish International Relief Association SIRA
Address: P.O.Box. 167, main str., Beit Jala
In the Bethlehem area, SIRA (Swedish International Relief Association) helped epileptic children from 1968 - 1992. In 1992, the SIRA board decided to serve a new group: “The slow learners”. These were in urgent need for help as there wasn’t a single school in the area to meet this need.
Thus the first special education school was established in Bethlehem and in 1994 the second school was established in Jericho.
Beit Ar -Raja' Association
Address: As-Sahel St., Beit Jala
Founded in 1962 and is interested in the affairs of people with mental and physical disabilities, and the visually impaired people.
Life Gate Association for Rehabilitation
Address: Beit Jala –Al Jadawel
A German Charitable non- profit organization specialized in the rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities and providing them with vocational training in order to facilitate their involvement and integration in the local community, in addition to helping the needed people with special needs with special needs to get the necessary equipments such as headphones, wheelchairs and other tools.
The Civil Society for the visually impaired- Ash Shurouq School for the Blind
Address: Al-Amayer St., Beit Jala
Founded in 1964, which in turn established Ash- Shurouq School in 1981. This Society aims at providing educational services and equal opportunities for the visually impaired, seeking to integrate them into the society. The society has also established a library for the production of "Braille" books, for the visually impaired.