A 2016 study by the International Labour Organization found that over half of employers do not allow migrant domestic workers to have a day off, and over a fifth admit to locking their employee in the house. (Photo by Hiba Dagher)
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For Lebanon's estimated 250,000 migrant workers, access to health care is just one of a number of hurdles to overcome.Now in its second year, the clinic has provided medical care to over 500 patients, according to Lama Assi, a medical student and co-founder of HEAL.HEAL's founders recognized that many migrant workers were unsure of how to access health care services.Assi described her experience of how migrant workers were treated during her time practicing medicine.The students also hold weekly classes to educate migrant workers on common health issues. In addition, Assi said HEAL was looking to work more closely with NGOs that advocate for migrant workers' rights. The kafala or sponsorship system, which ties migrant workers to their Lebanese employers, can make it particularly difficult for these workers to access health care.
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