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Embracing Technology to Boost Workers Health in Qatar

State-of-the-art health monitoring technologies will be deployed to track and support the well-being of workers for Qatar 2022 construction projects, under the next phase of the programme delivered by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), in partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

A team of experts from the renowned medical university will use evidence-based monitoring technology solutions to undertake a three-year field assessment for construction workers on SC sites. State-of-the-art devices will be used to monitor key health indicators such as heart rate and rhythm, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, body temperature and hydration, in order to identify individuals at risk and ensure preventive measures and care systems are in place.

Workers Welfare programme

The first phase of the initiative, carried out in 2018, involved SC and WCM-Q in partnership to conduct health checks for construction workers, providing health awareness and training campaigns, and working with caterers to optimise the nutritional value of their meals. This work also sets the standards for existing health screening and medical care delivery for workers.

Mahmoud Qutub, Executive Director of the SC Workers Welfare Department said they are delighted to continue their engagement with the experts from WCM-Q.

Protecting the health of our workers is of paramount importance to the SC, and this innovative project will further enhance our capacity to do that. This initiative is part of our broader suite of health and safety initiatives, and complements the recent decision by the SC to follow our mandate for a comprehensive medical screening for all workers, currently being carried out by Qatar Red Crescent.’

State-of-the-Art Health Monitoring

Health indicators such as body weight, smoking status, muscle strength, sleep duration and mental health will also be screened. The modern technology and remote monitoring devices will allow the screening programme to be scaled to cover larger number of workers in the future.

Workers Welfare programme

WCM-Q Dean Dr Javaid I Sheikh said they too, are delighted to continue their engagement with the SC and commend the forward-thinking efforts of the organisation.

The use of high-tech health monitoring systems places this project at the forefront of global efforts to protect the health of workers, while the continued emphasis on sharing information about healthy lifestyle behaviour and nutrition will enhance the ability of workers to optimise their own health, here in Qatar and even when they return to their home countries.’

The project will also incorporate lessons learned from field assessments, give nutritional advice, provide video-based training resources, and give workers access to nutritionists and relevant information, in their own native languages.

SC and WCM-Q will also provide training to contractors, catering staff and Workers Welfare Officers on key health issues affecting workers, Qatar’s dietary guidelines, and health and nutritional best practices relevant to the construction industry.

Dr Shahrad Taheri, Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Clinical Investigations leading the WCM-Q expert team, said they also aim to identify health issues and physiological challenges in workers early on so that they can put systems in place to address them in a timely and effective manner.

Using technology will allow scaling up of health monitoring quickly and efficiently. The work will have a strong legacy and can play a role in further enhancing health and welfare programmes across Qatar where large-scale construction projects are underway. The collaboration is a unique opportunity to make an impact on improving the lives of workers and building on the welfare initiatives successfully implemented by the SC.’

To find out more about the activities of the SC Workers Welfare division, visit the SC website at sc.qa. For more information about WCM-Q, visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu.

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