Tipat Halav: Timely Help

These well-baby clinics became an integral part of Hadassah’s efforts to build a health-care system in Palestine; Tipat Halav clinics were systematically opened in neighborhoods that needed them across the country.

The name for the Health Ministry’s baby care clinics in Israel – Tipat Halav, Hebrew for “a drop of milk” – was first used in the 1920s, painted on a sign on the back of a donkey that went house to house in Jerusalem, delivering pasteurized milk to mothers with newborn children. This initiative, Hadassah’s first Tipat Halav station in Palestine, laid the foundations for the country’s antenatal and...