Tipat Halav is a neighborhood family health center that provides healthcare and medical services in the field of health promotion and prevention for women, babies, children (from birth until age 6), and their families.
- The centers' health promotion goals are:
- To prevent infectious disease by means of vaccinations
- To detect health problems early by means of routine check-ups
- To monitor community health problems and take necessary actions
- To provide lifestyle guidance for improved health and prevention of disease
Who is Eligible?
- In Tipat Halav centers run by the Ministry of Health and the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv municipalities, the services are provided to everyone regardless of whether or not they belong to a health plan.
- In Tipat Halav centers run by the health plans, services are only provided to health plan members.
- Health plans operating Tipat Halav centers in a specific town must provide the services to people covered by other health plans, as well, if those health plans do not operate a Tipat Halav in that town.
How to Claim It?
- Contact your local Tipat Chalav. See here to locate the Local Tipat Chalav on the Ministry of Health website.
- Appointments for some of the Tipat Chalav stations can be made online. To see which stations provide the service of online appointments see the Ministry of Health website.
- The services are provided individually and in groups.
Tipat Halav Staff
- The healthcare staff includes nurses and doctors specializing in public health.
Tipat Halav Services
Services for Pregnant Women
- Instruction regarding family planning and preparations regarding a healthy pregnancy.
- Follow-up of pregnancy development by doctors and nurses.
- Information regarding the types of tests required during pregnancy.
- Instruction regarding genetic disease screenings.
- Instruction regarding the taking of essential nutritional supplements during pregnancy (folic acid, iron).
- Advice and guidance regarding lifestyle improvements for a healthy pregnancy.
- Advice and guidance for dealing with physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and afterwards, preparing for birth and parenting, early lactation consulting, and more.
- Early detection of health disorders, such as high blood pressure, preeclampsia, diabetes, being over/underweight, urinary tract infections.
- Identifying behavioral-functional difficulties and depression, as well as signs of violence.
Services for Infants and Toddlers
- Instruction and support for breast-feeding mothers. The stations also have breastfeeding areas.
- Periodic follow-up of growth and development.
- Periodic testing for various disorders.
- Vision, communication and speech testing; referrals for screenings to identify pulmonary disorders.
- Advice and guidance regarding various diagnostic and treatment frameworks, as needed.
- Providing vaccinations according to the Ministry of Health's vaccination plan (available in English).
- House visits after birth, as needed.
Parents of Infants and Toddlers
- Most of the services offered to parents are in the form of advising, instruction and seminars on health-related topics, as well as preparation for birth and parenting.
- Instruction and support regarding breast-feeding.
- Nutrition supplements (Iron and Vitamin D).
- Proper nutrition for parents and toddlers.
- Fostering parent-child relationships.
- CPR and first aid for babies.
- Daily care - Potty training, sibling rivalry, stomach pains.
- Instruction regarding returning to work after maternity leave.
- Instruction regarding initial placement of the child in a childcare framework.
- Safety and prevention of accidents in the home, in the car, and outside.
- Instruction to promote children's proper physical, social, and emotional development.
- Information and guidance for families of children with special needs.
- Preschool and day care teachers and administrators are given instruction on a variety of subject including the prevention of infectious disease, safety, proper nutrition, and more.
- As of January 2010, fees for Tipat Halav services have been cancelled.
- The services are provided to the public at no cost, and are not dependent on membership in a health plan.
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support, click here.
Laws and Regulations
- Original content provided by the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.