To stop the discrimination of Asian workers on past health issues and minor abnormality
  • Petitioned البروفيسور / توفيق بن أحمد خوجة

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مجلس وزراء الصحة لدول مجلس التعاون ومكتبه التنفيذي
البروفيسور / توفيق بن أحمد خوجة
الوكيل المساعد للرعاية الأولية والصحة العامة - عضو الهيئه التنفيذيه
د. مريم عذبي الجلاهمة
عضو الهيئة التنفيذية
د.صلاح بن فهد المزروع
عضو الهيئة التنفيذية
د.أحمد بن حسن المصيلحي
مدير إدارة الصحة العامة - عضو الهيئه التنفيذيه
د.محمد بن حمد آل ثاني
مدير إدارة العلاقات الصحية الدولية - عضو الهيئة التنفيذية
أ.عبداللطيف علي العبدالله
عضو الهيئه التنفيذية
د.قيس الدويري
عضو الهيئة التنفيذية
د.أحمد النعماني
عضو الهيئة التنفيذية
د.زياد بن أحمد ميمش
عضو الهيئة التنفيذية
د. علي بن جعفر محمد
Executive Board of the Health Ministers' Council for GCC States
Prof. Dr. Tawfik A.M. Khoja
المكتب التنفيذي لمجلس وزراء الصحة لدول مجلس التعاون
Tawfik A.M. Khoja - توفيق أحمد خوجة

To stop the discrimination of Asian workers on past health issues and minor abnormality

    1. AbdulRahman Asim
    2. Petition by

      AbdulRahman Asim

Under the hiring policies of GCC states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, foreign workers from the India, Srilanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal, Indonesia other Asian countries are required to pass the visa medical tests conducted only by GAMCA ( GCC Approved Medical Centres’ Association ) clinics.

Cases like Past TB history, old scar, minor physical disability or any kind of abnormality ( i.e psoriasis, virtigo ) are all declared as medically UNFIT. Immoral attitude and lack of medical examination detail at the GAMCA medical centers well known.

GAMCA guidelines are clear discrimination of  human basic rights. GAMCA guidelines declare  Asian workers medically UNFIT  to work/live in GCC countries even though indvidual doesn't have any infectious or Non-infectious disease.

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    1. We will not give up

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      We will not give up for these immoral medical examination guidelines. We started with 5 signs today we are 3,740 and support of many those do not have access to internet and literacy to do so.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Reached 2,470

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      Wake up GCC council.

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. الدكتور توفيق خوجة هو عدم احترام لمهنة الطب النبيلة

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      الدكتور توفيق خوجة هو عدم احترام لمهنة الطب النبيلة. لفت المبادئ التوجيهية التي تعلن الشخص السليم ائق طبيا للعيش أو العمل في دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي. أكثر من 370 شخصا وقعت عريضة ضد قواعده بما في ذلك المديرين التنفيذيين منظمة الصحة العالمية، يمكن أن تحصل على مزيد من التفاصيل من stopgamca.org الموقع. وفقا لمبادئ توجيهية له النساء الحوامل ائق طبيا للعيش / العمل / السفر لدول مجلس التعاون الخليجي.

    6. Any type of hernias applicant is UNFIT, Dr. Khoja

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      ANNEX B, 1) Clinical Examination:
      1-d - Abdomen:Applicant should be free from any type of hernias (whether umbilical or inguinal) or ascites, provided that the internal organs should be healthy and not enlarged and the digestive system should be safe from any tumors.

    7. Old Cured TB Individuals are UNFIT , Dr. Khoja

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      According to clause:
      5- Tuberculosis any type.A- Pulmonary by chest X ray showing active or past evidence of old T.B. Including minimum Fibrosis, calcification and Pleural thickening.B- Tuberculous Pleural Effusion.C- Tuberculous Lymphadenitis.

      Good job Dr. Khoja for banning all those healthy individuals for the rest of life to live or work in GCC.

    8. Pregnant Women are medically UNFIT , Dr. Khoja

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      According to official medical rules drwan by GCC health executive council chairman Dr. Khoja, in Annex B clause 2 , 2-b

      2) OTHERS

      2-b- In case of females: Applicant should not be pregnant and should be free from all types of vaginal bleedings, uterine prolapse and breast tumors.

    9. ‘But I am cured from TB!’

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer
      'But I am cured from TB!' - The human cost of Tuberculosis prevention and deportation policy | World Pulse

      He could not tell them about his lung scar, he was afraid to lose this opportunity, again. Upon pre-departure medical check-up he got stamped 'unfit' in 2011. "I stopped applying for work since then because recruiting agencies here in the Philippines will not even entertain my application once I inform them about my TB history', says Maynard, a professional from Philippines.'

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Petition numbers 157 what that means?

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      Today 03/31/2012 our petition reached 157 signatures.

      When I started this petition i had this thing in my mind that We may be barely reach 100 signatures. Because all the people those are effected with these rules and guidelines lives in poor countries, they even don't know what is internet, most of them are unskilled labors. click on more to read

    12. GAMCA ENQUIRY REPORT

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      Very detail report conducted by Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) about GAMCA practicies

    13. CCP issues show cause notices to GAMCA

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      Islamabad—The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued show cause notices to Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) Approved Medical Centres Administrative Offices (GAMCA) and GCC Approved Medical Centres in Pakistan (GCC Medical Centres) for, prima facie, cartelization to distribute customers on equal basis, fix the medical fee and also exploiting customers by restricting their choice and imposing unfair terms and conditions thereby violating Section 3 and 4 of the Competition Act, 2010 (the “Act”).

    14. StopGAMCA.org at http://www.migrant-rights.org

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      The acronym GAMCA stands for GCC Approved Medical Centers Association and earns ire from many migrants and migrant hopefuls. GAMCA clinics operate by standardized guidelines set by the Gulf countries, and are the only medical facilities authorized to test and clear migrants for employment in the Gulf.

      Earlier articles spotlighted GAMCA’s overly stringent and unfair TB policies, characteristics which appear to extend to many more of GAMCA’s medical requirements. StopGAMCA.org, initiated by a concerned citizen, highlights the absurd policies and the undue distress they cause applicants.The site lists several of the most extraneous disqualifications, many of which are not only non-infectious but also non-medical; physical disabilities that pose zero threat to Gulf societies, including vertigo, colorblindness, and deafness, render migrants ‘unfit’ by GAMCA standards.

    15. GAMCA an illegal network‚ say outsourcers

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

      KATHMANDU: Outsourcing agencies termed the Gulf Cooperation Council Approved Medical Centres’ Association (GAMCA) an ‘illegal network’, backing the Nepal Health Professional Federation in its battle against GAMCA.

      “GAMCA is an illegal network of 12 medical centres,” said president of Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies Som Lal Bataju during the eighth anniversary of the federation.

      “The association has not followed the agency registration laws and is promoting syndicate system in the country,” he said. “Though the association has been working as an agency of the Gulf Cooperation Council, it has not taken permission from the government according to Nepal Agency Act, 1958.”

      http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=GAMCA+an+illegal+network%26sbquo%3B+say+outsourcers&NewsID=320428

    16. Another GAMCA victim steps forward

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      Courtesy: Migrant-Rights.org:

      Victims of GAMCA (Gulf Medical Association) practices refuse to be silenced. Migrant Rights recently featured the struggles of Yanita and Mark, once hopeful migrant workers whose debilitating experiences with GAMCA’s discriminatory Tuberculosis (TB) policies prompted them to share their stories. Despite the fact that both individuals were cured of TB and posed absolutely no medical risk, they were banned from the Gulf, forced to suffer personal and economic setbacks because of GAMCA’s highly contested, outdated practices.

      http://www.migrant-rights.org/2011/12/23/another-gamca-victim-steps-foward/

    17. GAMCA closes facilities in Nepal

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      The closure of GCC Approved Medical Centres Association (GAMCA) facilities in Nepal is preventing workers from obtaining visas for employment in the Gulf. Last week, GAMCA shut down all 12 medical centers in Nepal after attacks on its Kathmandu office. According to the Chairman of GAMCA Nepal, 25 people led by the Nepal Health Professionals´ Federation (NHPF) destroyed the office and caused over 700,0000 Rs worth of damage. The NHPF has protested against GAMCA’s monopolization of medical tests for Gulf-bound migrants in the past. The GAMCA association has stated that offices will open when the vandals have been punished.

    18. Reached 100 signatures
    19. on Facebook

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      We created a page on Facebook to promote this issue.

    20. Reached 50 signatures
    21. Pregnancy test for the women at GAMCA

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      A candidate story at GAMCA exam center:

      " I had my medical exam in this GAMCA accredited clinic called Patients Diagnostic Center along UN Avenue just this afternoon Dec 15, 2011 and i am really angry with the way they do their pregnancy test for the women. Their stupid staff ask me to pee in front of her. It was only the 2 of us in this really dirty room and she told me its their rule to watch all the female applicants to pee.i ask her if she could at least turn her back so i could pee and she keep insisting she need to watch. I have done several medical exam bound for overseas at St. Patrick at Shaw Blvd and i wasnt subjected to this humiliating experience. I am not a dog to be treated this way. I just wonder where this stupid clinic get this kind of rule that you have to watch the paying applicant when they pee.I never meet brainless medical professional until i went to this stupid clinic. "

    22. Dr Lucica Ditiu , Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, WHO

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      " I sign because I am shocked that in 2011 we have these kind of practices and discrimination. I sign because I care about people and I have pain, suffering, tears and injustice. I sign because is not fair nor correct. "

    23. Directors at WHO - Policy and Strategy - Stop TB Department Signed petition

      AbdulRahman Asim
      Petition Organizer

      Executives at WHO Stop TB Department, Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Dr. Diana Weil, Dr. Mario Raviglione Signed the petition to change the GAMCA visa medical guidelines. We are grateful for their support in this just cause...

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    Reasons for signing

    • gautam prajapati AHMEDABAD, INDIA
      • about 1 month ago

      its not useful me as well as others

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      • about 1 month ago

      Its waste of individuals precious time who really very serious about work..

      GAMCA people should understand individuals looking for job are nit fooling around and are serious about their future...

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    • biboy kanyaw QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 2 months ago

      because i dreamed to work in saudi and i believe that they should widen there understanding about the disease before they finalized thier rule.

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      • 2 months ago

      i dont have any problem but they rejected my medical saying there is some shadow in -ray

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    • Michael Taguinod TUGUEGARAO CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 2 months ago

      3 job offer from KSA, Qatar & UAE, declared unfit because of lung scar from community acquired pneumonia 21 years ago.

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