Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Health Profession Awareness and Volunteering Programs team recently announced the winners of its health website design contest, which was organised for students at Club Hotel in Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City.

A total of 140 students representing 17 different independent schools for boys took part in the contest.

Awards were presented to five winning schools by Hamad Nasser Al Khalifa, Head of Health Facilities Development at HMC. The first place winner was Jassim bin Hamad Independent Secondary School for Boys, while Ibn Khaldoun Preparatory Independent School for Boys, Ahmed bin Hanbal Secondary School for Boys, Abdulrahman bin Jassim Preparatory Independent School for Boys and Saad bin Maaz Elementary School for boys won the second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.

The winners also received cash prizes as well as volunteer certificates for putting in 25 hours into the contest.

Balqees Al Khazraji, Director of HMC’s Health Profession Awareness and Volunteering Programs explained that the contest was organised in cooperation with Khalifa Secondary School for Boys under the slogan “Strengthening Students’ Health is an Investment for the Future”.

She said:

The competition was aimed at promoting healthy living among the students through raising awareness of the most prevalent diseases in Qatar, their prevention, and how to deliver positive health messages in the best way in order to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030.’

She explained further that the contest was organised to challenge the students to show creativity by designing health websites using colours, images, video and easy to navigate pages, highlighting topical health issues such as diabetes, obesity, asthma, tuberculosis, dental diseases and heart diseases, among other health problems.

Ghassan Sibsibi, one of the contest judges and an information technology specialist from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, described the competition as tough among the participating students. He noted that the winning projects were chosen based on several criteria ranging from the selection of photos and videos due to intellectual property rights, to designing of a bilingual website (Arabic and English) and documentation of the information, along with providing links to well-known health sites and how well they introduce medical advice.

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