Millions of Arabic speakers surf the Internet in search of information in various fields, including medical or therapeutic nutrition. But obtaining credible information is becoming difficult due to the barrage of misinformation and the lack of accurate translated scientific sources.
So how can Arabic speakers access scientific information if there has not been an Arabization of scientific research?
Maha Ghassan Homos – one of three finalists for this year’s Akhlaquna Prize – has been working to find a solution to this challenge. In 2016, Homos founded Nutripedia, an educational platform that aims to enrich scientific content in the Arabic language; provides the information necessary for health education related to nutrition; and offers information and articles from research-based medical sources and scientific evidence.
Nutripedia is the first and only Arabic website to provide evidence-based nutrition articles and information written by doctors, nutritionists and professors. All articles on the website are written in plain Arabic so that everyone can understand them, and Homos aspires for the website to become the largest and most trusted nutrition platform for all students and nutritionists in the Middle East. . The website can be visited at: www.nutripedia.online.
Homos started working on this platform when she was a student at Qatar University with the aim of providing reliable information on medical nutrition, such as vegetarian diet, child nutrition, nutrition for pregnant women, etc.
“It all started as a simple Instagram page when I wanted to provide scientific evidence for people to fight bad diets, and I had to write in Arabic because I provide content for native speakers,” Homs said. “Each publication took several days because I had to translate all the scientific terms into Arabic.
Homos decided to use Arabic articles as references instead of translating English articles, and to her surprise, she couldn’t find a single website with Arabic articles on evidence-based nutrition.
“I found the gap and had the skills to fix it, and that’s how it all started,” she said.
For Homos, the creation of this website stems from his sense of duty to his community, noting that his initiative is non-profit and aims to encourage people to follow a healthy lifestyle, instead of following modern diets that can have adverse effects. this can lead to deterioration of health. »