Health and Healthcare of Migrant Workers
Since the beginning of civilization, migration of people has been a common phenomenon. With increasing numbers of people moving from one country to another, the health of migrants has become a key global public health issue. In recent years, worldwide attention has focused on the health of migrant workers in Qatar, where occupational safety and working conditions are major issues and migrant workers face various health challenges and difficulty in accessing health care. The goal of this workshop is to bring together a multidisciplinary group of experts from across Georgetown University and partner institutions to explore social, political, legal, and regulatory frameworks for securing and improving the health of migrant workers in Qatar.
On April 26, 2018, Sean Bland and Alicia Yamin from the O’Neill Institute participated a workshop on migrant workers and health in Qatar organized by the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University Qatar. Topics discussed at the workshop included: (1) the social and economic context for migrant workers in Qatar, (2) access to health coverage for migrant workers in Qatar; (3) migrants’ lifestyle and health, (4) mental health and migrant workers, (5) comparative national approaches to securing migrants’ health, (6) and international standards and migrants’ health. Participants in the workshop came from various institutions in Qatar, including Georgetown University Qatar, the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar (WCM-Q), and Qatar University.
The O’Neill Institute is now engaging in internal discussions within Georgetown University to continue a broader dialogue that bring together people across Georgetown campuses and other universities to share information and brainstorm states that can be taken to pursue collaborative research or organize seminars, events, and other activities around the health and rights of migrant workers in Qatar and more generally