Posted on October 08, 2014

Kulluna, the health and safety campaign organised by Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Hamad International Training Center (HITC), has earned accolades at the 3rd annual Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) & Road Safety Forum held recently, said Qatar Tribune. Sponsored by ConocoPhillips Qatar, the campaign was dedicated to promote child safety on Qatar's roads.

The award, Industry Recognition for Outstanding Road Safety Improvement, was received by Director of HITC and Chairman of Kulluna Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen."This recognition is a testament to our efforts to help future generations to be safer and healthier," said Saifeldeen. This acknowledgement follows a number of car-seat training sessions conducted by Kulluna, in collaboration with Safe Kids Worldwide, to educate the community and increase awareness about car safety.

In recent months, under Kulluna's Child Passenger Safety Training (CPST) course, 40 volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, with a desire to save children from car-related injuries and deaths, underwent training to become child car-seat technicians and instructors. HMC staff and visiting US specialists gave the training. The participants learnt how to use different kinds of car seats, how to install them properly and how to select the most suitable car seat for each child according to his/ her age, weight and height.

Gary Sykes, ConocoPhillips Qatar President, commented,"This award proves our long-standing commitment to a healthy and safe Qatar and will motivate us to work even harder to launch campaigns that are both innovative and engaging." According to Dr Saifeldeen,"Kulluna's ambition is to have a large number of technicians who will be able to pass on knowledge about child passenger safety to the wider community and guide parents and caregivers on how to secure their children safely in car seats. We are also working on having all training materials translated into Arabic for non-English speakers," he added.

The use of child safety car seats is said to reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers aged 1 to 4 years' old. However, use of these seats is still relatively low in Qatar and many parents are unaware of how to install the seats properly, according to Dr Saifeldeen. "A properly installed car seat can save a child's life in case of a car accident. We encourage the public to learn precautions in order to keep their loved ones safe and free from danger."

To facilitate interaction between technicians and the general public, Kulluna holds regular 'Car Seat Check-Up' events, in which parents and caregivers have an opportunity to get their child's car seat checked and receive advice on purchasing or upgrading of car seats. There are special educational caravans that offer advice on child safety advice. The public can also contact HITC directly, which will provide free education on appropriate use of children's car seats.