Kate Carr, Chairperson of Safe Kids Worldwide, Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, Director of Hamad International Training Centre (HITC) and Chairman of the Kulluna Safety Campaign, and Gary Sykes, President of ConocoPhillips Qatar, during a press conference at HITC yesterday.
DOHA: Safe Kids Worldwide, the US-based international non-governmental organisation specialising in child safety, has opened a branch here to support initiatives for the cause.
It will work together with Hamad International Training Centre (HITC) and the national Kulluna Safety Campaign to ensure child safety.
As its first project, Safe Kids Qatar will train technicians who instal child car seats, check the seats and educate parents.
Safe Kids Worldwide partnered with Kulluna last year in its first phase, which aimed at child safety.
“With Safe Kids Qatar, Kulluna has just begun its second year campaign with more emphasis on child safety, particularly safety for children in cars.
“Safe Kids Qatar will also seek opportunities for collaboration and partnership with other child safety initiatives in Qatar,” Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, Director of HITC and Chairman of the Kulluna Safety Campaign, told a press conference yesterday.
He said only a few people use car seats for children and the negligence has led to children getting injured and killed in accidents.
Mostly children under four years suffer serious injuries and those who die would have not used a car seat,’’ he said.
On the need to make people understand the importance of car seats for children, he said, “It’s a massive challenge, everyone is there to make a difference, and keep children safe. And really when it comes to people’s understanding as individuals, and institutions, government and everyone have a role to play.”
Safe Kids Qatar technicians yesterday held their first check-ups with the expatriate group ‘Doha Mums.’
Parents were encouraged to check child car seats with technicians who could be approached through Kulluna at HITC.
“We aim at teaching them that younger children must not sit in parents arms but on safely installed car seat,” said Kate Carr, Chairperson of Safe Kids Worldwide.
ConocoPhillips Qatar, the founding sponsor of Kulluna, will continue to support the initiative for four more years.
“Working with Safe Kids was one of our top priories and I am very pleased to see it finally becoming a reality benefiting all residents in Qatar,” said Gary Sykes, President of ConocoPhillips Qatar.