Speak Rightly

Getting the language right in the multilingual DRC may help end the current Ebola outbreak. 

Common terms in a response setting have different meaning to community members: “Suspected case” may be interpreted as “someone who is a bad person with little worth.” 

Information on the risks of contracting Ebola is worthless if not translated properly and for various literacy levels. 

A focus on language was crucial in ending the 2014-2015 outbreak in West Africa. 

“Prioritizing simple content communicated in local languages through trusted sources helped responders implement effective strategies to support sick people and prevent transmission,” says Mia Marzotto. 

The New Humanitarian

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