Translators without Borders Combats Infodemic with Language Resources

Translators without Borders (TWB), a non-profit organization that offers language and translation support to agencies around the world, is offering free language resources during the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has triggered a global response by governments, aid agencies, and health workers. The pandemic is fueled by what the WHO calls an ‘infodemic.’ People aren’t getting enough reliable, accurate and timely information that they can understand and use to best protect themselves,” said TWB in a statement on their website.

In an effort to address these challenges, TWB is offering:

  • Translations
    TWB is working with partners to translate critical public-facing content into languages and formats that more people can understand. For live data on the scale of their translation work and the number of languages supported, visit their COVID-19 translations page.
  • Language data and mapping
    TWB is developing maps that visualize languages and literacy levels globally, to help guide COVID-19 communications. See their interactive language map here.
  • Social media monitoring
    To help public health experts stop the spread of rumors and inaccurate information, TWB is monitoring COVID-19-related social media conversations in multiple languages. Learn more at their blog.
  • Multilingual glossary for COVID-19
    TWB is developing a multilingual, plain-language glossary of key COVID-19 terminology to support clear, consistent public information. Visit their growing COVID-19 multilingual glossary here.

For more information about TWB’s global response to COVID-19, or to learn how you can donate or volunteer, visit https://translatorswithoutborders.org/covid-19.

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