NORWAC is a Norwegian, voluntary, independent medical relief organization. It was established in 1983 with the aim of providing humanitarian assistance to Palestinians living in Palestine as well as in neighbouring countries. Later, the scope was expanded to other groups and countries with needs that NORWAC is particularly capable to meet. The organization has maintained a small and flexible operating model enabling it to respond quickly to acute needs in areas prone to instability and frequent crises. Additionally assistance should always be based on locally identified needs and have a long-term perspective. NORWAC has close co-operation with medical institutions in Norway and use highly qualified health personnel to implement and follow up their projects.