WHO Call to Action - Addressing the 18 million health worker shortfall (3)

21 April, 2019

One critical step to addressing the health worker shortfall is allowing people to study healthcare in their own language.

One gentleman who has done amazing work in this regard is Subas Chandra Rout, a retired orthopedic surgeon in his 70s. He has written more than 1,200 medical articles in Oriya and put them on Wikipedia in that language.

Here is an example of one of them on the measles vaccine

https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%AE%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%B3%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC...

This is a language which is spoken by more than 40 million people and for which machine translation does not exist. Subas exemplifies just how much one person can accomplish for the greater good of his community :-)

HIFA profile: James Heilman is a Wikipedian and works with Wiki Project Med Foundation, a charity whose mission is to make clear, reliable, comprehensive, up-to-date educational resources and information in the biomedical and related social sciences freely available to all people in the language of their choice. He is an Emergency Room Physician in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia. jmh649 AT gmail.com