Making Translation a Priority for Humanitarian Response

Indigo Trust

The following post was kindly prepared by Grace Tang, global coordinator at Translators without Borders. It reflects upon TwB’s recent experiences providing local language Ebola content in West Africa. Indigo has supported this work with a grant and we were particularly keen to learn about TwB’s experiences working across multiple countries and languages and with a myriad of humanitarian response agencies…

The recent Ebola outbreak that killed more than 10,000 people has highlighted the importance of communicating with communities in the right language. Many agree that more sensitisation activities would have made a difference. As Ebola Emergency Coordinator for Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders in Guinea argued, “in the first nine months, if people had been given proper messages, all this could have been prevented.”

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