Coronavirus (308) Do you speak COVID-19?

2 April, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Translators without Borders has issued a brief on the importance of language in the COVID-19 response [ The brief outlines key findings and recommendations to communicate effectively with communities, in the languages they speak and understand.

In this pandemic, millions of marginalized people lack basic information about how to keep themselves and their communities safe and well. We are particularly concerned about people who don't speak the dominant language where they live, people with no or low literacy, and people without access to different forms of communication. Failing to address their information and communication needs will prevent the global response from being as effective as we all need it to be.

In the weeks and months to come, TWB will continue supporting and advocating around these critical issues, and we look forward to engaging with you.

Please do share this brief widely with other colleagues who might be interested. And do get in touch with myself or TWB’s COVID-19 Response Lead Manmeet Kaur if you have any questions about our work to address language barriers in the response.

Many thanks and stay safe



Mia Marzotto

Senior Advocacy Officer

Skype: miacrocetti

WhatsApp: +39 333 743 9807

HIFA profile: Mia Marzotto is Advocacy Officer at Translators without Borders. She is based in New York City, USA. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Multilingualism.

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