Health Work Committees
Shuhada Fardan Street,Al Bireh, Sateh Marhaba,
Ramallah, Palestine
Telephone: +970 02 242 7518

Project Title

Providing Auto Kerato-Refractometer for HWC’s Qalqilia Health Center

Executive summary

The project will provide the eye clinic in Qalqilia health Center with a new Auto Kerato-Refractometer to improve the quality of health services in Qaliqlia Health Center. The current machine is old and it lost the accuracy and the quality of the images it provides which makes it hard for doctors to get the right diagnosis.

Project objectives

The project aimed to provide reliable quality equipment for the eye clinic in Qalqilia that will help the eye doctor to an accurate diagnosis. The Auto Refractometere measures the pupil and helps the doctor give an accurate diagnosis by taking accurate measurement. The new equipment allows easy measurement to measure the pupil of aged people and people with long eyelashes. Providing the specialized diagnostic instruments will strengthen the existing service, knowing that 13% of people in Qalqilia are in need for a periodical eye check-up every 6 months since they suffer from diabetes and blood pressure diseases. This unit will also receive and serve patients transferred from the MoH and UNRWA hospitals that exist in Qalqilia.

Project location

Qalqilia is a Palestinian City, located in the north of the West Bank with a population of 91,217 people. The city is constantly being subjected to closure due to its geographical location and religious significance, where the Israeli occupation’s authorities work on increasing the settlements.

The HWC health centre in Qalqilia was established in 1992, and ever since, the Institute has been working on developing the centre and the provided services in line with the needs of the Palestinian citizens there, thus providing a developed centre of 1,200 m2. There are 42 staff members working in the centre including nurses, doctors and lab and x-ray technicians, in addition to reception and cleaning staff.

The centre operates throughout the week with an average of 14 hours/day, The number of visits in Qalqilya health center clinics during this year was 22,247 visits during which 21,423 diagnostic services were provided including laboratory and radiology services. Around 247 patients were provided services for free as social cases. 85% of the patients are from the city of Qalqilya.

Estimated Budget

The initial search for prices an Auto Kerato-Refractometer is estimated 7600 Euros depending on the machine specifications and different manufactures. Three price offers from 3 different suppliers will be drawn, and analyzed by the procurement committee. The best price and quality will be a chosen and contracted to deliver and test the equipment.

HWC Background

Health Work Committees (HWC) is a non-governmental health and development organization, was founded in 1985. It is specialized in the primary health care field. HWC believes in the value of the Palestinian human and his/her right to a comprehensive health system as a basic human right based on all international human rights conventions and agreements. Therefore it provides health and development services in 17 centers throughout the West Bank, in addition to its health programs such as Well Baby program, Woman’s Health program, and School Health program in Jerusalem. HWC’s has 7 Health centers in the North, 5 in the Middle and 5 in Southern West Bank.

In addition it operates 2 mobile clinics that reach over 22 marginalized locations throughout the West Bank.

HWC has a pioneering role in the different developmental fields through creating developmental models that provide opportunities to support the Palestinian persistence against the Israeli occupation and its manifestation on the ground. HWC’s development centers and programs include a community development centers in Jerusalem, Culture and Social Development Center, Oasis Center for people with intellectual Disability, the Elderly Care Center, and Nursery /Kindergarten in Beit Sahour. In addition, HWC carries on Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBR) in 20 locations in Southern WB (Hebron and Bethlehem areas). HWC is one of the main non-governmental health providers giving attention to the poorest and neglected areas.


A free Palestinian Society, enjoying health rights that are equitable, well-developed and comprehensive


As a Leading Palestinian Non-Governmental Health and Developmental Organization, the Health Work Committees functions in a Rights-Based Approach providing Health Services to all segments of the Palestinian Population, particularly the poor and the marginalized; building development models, and; lobbying and advocating in support of favourable policies and legislations.