Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has continued to implement the first phase of its National Communicable Disease Prevention Campaign (Weqaya), funded and sponsored by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH).

QRC recently extended its target to an additional 5,000 expatriate workers in Qatar.

Over one month and a half, a QRC medical affairs team visited QDVC, a key player in Qatar construction industry, four times a week to conduct 20 health education lectures for 1,000 of its workers, as well as held competitions among them with 250 T-shirts distributed as prizes.

Chief Support Services Officer, QDVC, Sheikha Athba bint Thamer Al Thani, said:

We are so pleased to participate in the hygiene campaign launched by QRC, a new approach across the spectrum to bring better sanitation and improve the health of our workers. Indeed, this important work will help overcome taboos associated to improve the well-being of QDVC workers. The 1,000 participants appreciated the advice and information provided by QRC team and pledged to always utilise the acquired knowledge in their daily life.’

In the sessions, the target workers received useful information about the importance of applying health and personal hygiene standards, common communicable diseases and how to avoid them, and medical advice about health protection against workplace risks, such as sun strokes and heat exhaustion, and how to administer first aid for their colleagues who happen to suffer any such emergencies.

The lecture was delivered in different languages to ensure full understanding of the presented information and guidance, which will reflect positively on the behaviour of the audience.

After that, the workers received 250 hygiene kits, tooth brushes, soap, and other personal hygiene items, and the recipients were trained in how to best use these contents.

Co-launched in August 2013 by QRC and SCH, the three-year Weqaya campaign is intended mainly to improve health and safety among expatriate workers through educational lectures, awareness fliers, and personal hygiene kits.

According to QRC, Phase One was a great success, with lectures, workshops, and awareness courses for 10,000 workers from 40 companies and 21,000 visitors of the QRC-run and SCH-funded Workers’ Health Centers. Moreover, the campaign distributed 5,000 hygiene kits, with training in how to use them, and 10,000 brochures and fliers on the most prevalent infections and health problems, such as Coronavirus, Ebola virus, influenza, tuberculosis, and heat exhaustion.

Other phases are currently underway covering various medical topics, like psychological health, professional safety, and health education on non-communicable diseases.

This prolonged programme is inspired by QRC’s commitment to social development and health promotion in the Qatari society. With lower disease rates particularly among workers, there will be less demand on healthcare services and fewer sick leaves. This in turn will translate into shorter absenteeism and higher productivity, contributing to the ambitious economic and social development strategy under Qatar National Vision 2030.