31 Oct 2017 - 19:23
Innovative nutritional programme will boost Qatar 2022 workers
A ground-breaking nutritional programme launched by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) will help to improve the health of workers engaged on 2022 FIFA World Cup projects.
In collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q), the SC recently carried out health checks on 1,000 workers. The results will be assessed before recommendations are made to contractors and catering suppliers to improve workers’ health.
H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, the SC’s Secretary General, said the project highlighted Qatar’s commitment to protecting workers engaged on FIFA World Cup projects.
“The programme is really important because it’s a further example of the SC’s commitment to the health, safety, security and dignity of people working and contributing to the development of the World Cup,” said Al Thawadi.
“It’s an example of the unique and innovative approaches to matters that are pressing globally when it comes to worker welfare. This is also the first project of its type in the GCC.”
Dr. Javaid I. Sheikh, Dean of WCM-Q, outlined the benefits of the programme.
“The Supreme Committee approached us and said they really wanted to make sure that the welfare and health of migrant workers was a major priority for them.
“We will make very specific recommendations to fix any issues we might find and then we’ll write a comprehensive report describing the model we have developed, which can be used by organisations in Qatar and across the region.”
Dr. Shahrad Taheri, Assistant Dean for Clinical Investigations at WCM-Q, said the project will significantly boost knowledge of migrant workers’ health issues.
“It’s very important to give back to the workers who are contributing to the country’s infrastructure,” said Dr. Taheri. “Additionally, having a good, healthy workforce will allow them to perform better at work. Hopefully what we learn from 1,000 workers will give us a lot of clues as to how to improve things in terms of their nutrition and health.”