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Andrew, Val and Lori will present the work they are doing to help create a people-ready, global-ready health information resource in Wikipedia. The project involves working with physicians and the Wikimedia foundation to identify important health information articles in Wikipedia by looking at usage statistics from the majority world, especially Africa. These articles are then edited to simple English standards using a combination of technology and professional editors. The goal is to simplify the text whilst retaining the correctness and relevance of the critical health information. As well as making these articles easier to understand by English as a Second Language readers, the editing process also prepares the content to be more easily translated. Translators without Borders is providing a platform for volunteer translators across the planet to translate the articles into their own language. In a new initiative Translators without Borders is training a whole new community of translators in Nairobi who are now developing skills and experience in medical translation. These translators are paid by non-profit organizations who task TWB with providing life-saving content in local languages. Learn more about this project:


  • 1. Content Saves Lives

2. From The Guardian (search dirty little secret liberia) 3. What Charles and Dorris need:Content that works you are the content professionals! 4. Wikipedia 80 x 80 Project Take the 80 most often used medicalarticles on Simplify the English vetted byphysician Translate into 80 languages 5. Why Wikipedia? ~200 million page views for more than25,000 medical articles More than 40 million health informationpage views per month >50% of physicians and pharmacists useWikipedia 6. Acrolinx for Simple Wikipedia Basic Wikipedia Style Checking People-Ready Health Terminology 7. Before 8. After 9. BeforeAfterSchizophrenia Before Schizophrenia is a mental(/sktsfrni/ or illness that causes strange/sktsfrini/) is a mental thinking and feelings.[1] Manydisorder characterized by a people who have this illnessbreakdown of thought hear things that do not existprocesses and by poor(hallucinations). They haveemotional responsiveness.fears and suspicions that doCommon symptoms include not make sense (paranoia).auditory hallucinations, They might believe in thingsparanoid or bizarrethat are strange and senselessdelusions, or disorganized (delusions). They might speakspeech and thinking, and it is and think in a way that doesaccompanied by significant not make sense to othersocial or occupational people.dysfunction. 10. Before 11. After 12. Results 18 articles simplified to-date Yoruba Kinyarwanda All posted at Telugu Norwegian Urdu Chinese Portuguese German Spanish French Russian Italian Armenian Arabic Dari Dutch Czech 13. Content Rules Editors18 down, 62 to go!Editors and Writers Welcome 14. Today, Translators without Borders is the worlds largestcommunity of humanitarian translators7.5 million words2587 activetranslatorsWorking into 257language pairs70 volunteer staff91 non-profits 15. Zafen built 1,000 more homes18 months laterBefore 16. 17. Todays Translator Training Centre 18. You can help! 19. Time MoneyIntroductions