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Qatar: Study highlights obstacles to healthcare for male migrant workers; recommends greater employer accountability

A study published by the Centre for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University in Qatar and World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation reviews the data single male labourers' (SML) access to healthcare in the country. Acknowledging the lack of available data as a major challenge to the study, it reviews current government policy on migrant worker welfare, analyses the obstacles to healthcare for migrant workers and provides recommendations to government and employers.

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Article
3 December 2019

CIRS and WISH release joint policy brief on migrant healthcare

Author: Gulf Times

“Improving Single Male Labourers’ Health in Qatar,” provides a review of the research on healthcare for single male migrant workers, an analysis of their obstacles to healthcare access, an overview of current government policies....

“Most accounts are based on media coverage of working conditions, and not on academic studies based on scientific research and analysis,” explained Dr Kamrava [Director of CIRS]...

barriers to healthcare for undocumented immigrants present a wide range of challenges, from financial limitations to discrimination and fear of deportation. The suggested solutions are addressed to policymakers and public and private sector employers responsible for the welfare of their staff.

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Report
3 December 2019

Improving Single Male Laborers’ Health in Qatar

Author: Centre for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), Georgetown University Qatar & World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)

Key Recommendations:

  1. The gathering of more accurate and robust data collections and data type and a more comprehensive data set...
  2. Strict measures of accountability... to ensure that employers issue Qatar IDs and health cards...
  3. Increased employer awareness about the value of health through their workforce...
  4. Availability of written materials in the workers’ own language stating their rights to a health card and... the health system... 
  5. Importance of supervisors being informed of their duty of care...
  6. Company clinics need to operate along standards established by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), and should complement the services provided by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) & Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS).
  7. Ensuring that employers are supporting their workers’ access to timely and appropriate healthcare...
  8. Developing health promotion programs.
  9. Developing accessible, adequate, and timely healthcare that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.
  10. More frequent and thorough inspections by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MoADLSA).

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