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How Do You Combat Language and Cultural Barriers to Food Access?
Nonprofits cover a wide variety of human services. In the United States, the presence and causes of food insecurity among populations in need is one such area of focus. Lack of food access and barriers to healthy eating are often faced by limited English immigrant populations. Thus language barriers, compounded with socioeconomic status and education, create the need for long term, linguistically sensitive strategies to combat food insecurity in the US.
Zika Virus Vaccine: An East-West Collaboration
The Zika virus has recently been identified as the cause of a serious epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean. Concern over the possibility of an international pandemic has led to a multi-national, and multi-lingual effort to develop the first candidate Zika virus vaccine to be approved for human clinical trials. As a result, translation services for clinical research must be provided across many languages.
Battling Zika Virus with a Language Barrier
The United States and Brazil are conducting a joint study to confirm the link between Zika virus and microcephaly. But without interpreters, the language barrier is one of the biggest challenges encountered by U.S. health officials.
The Linguistic Battle Against Ebola
Ebola & the Language Gap
The most effective step in preventing the spread of Ebola is to stifle its spread within affected African countries. A major factor in limiting the outbreak in West Africa is disseminating accurate information about protection from the disease and clearing up myths related to the epidemic. Unfortunately, the multitude of spoken languages in West Africa means that a vast amount of people in the affected areas do not have access to information they can understand.
Battling the Ebola Virus Outbreak and Language Barriers in Healthcare
“Infected patients then return home, where the virus spreads and is inefficiently battled by governments with few resources, slow response times, poor communication networks and huge language barriers across borders.”