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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Google’s Crowd Sourcing Translation for Health Care

This week, Google’s philanthropic arm ( announced an initiative called Health Speaks, which seeks to make health-related information available to individuals throughout the world, regardless of language. Starting with Arabic, Hindi, and Swahili, the project will use community, crowdsourced, and collaborative translation to address an important but often-overlooked disparity – access to health information.

About Health Speaks

Health Speaks is an initiative to help increase the amount of quality health information online in local languages. A 2004 Lancet article by Godlee et al highlighted the lack of access to health information as a “major barrier to knowledge-based healthcare in developing countries.” Within their recommendations, the authors noted that “...among currently available technologies, only the Internet has the potential to deliver universal access to up-to-date healthcare information.”

For more about Health Speaks, click here

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