About Health Speaks

Health Speaks is an initiative to help increase the amount of quality health information online in local languages. A 2004 Lancet article by Godlee et al highlighted the lack of access to health information as a “major barrier to knowledge-based healthcare in developing countries.” Within their recommendations, the authors noted that “...among currently available technologies, only the Internet has the potential to deliver universal access to up-to-date healthcare information.” 

At Google.org, we share the belief that the Internet provides a huge opportunity to improve access to health information. Although a great deal of health information is available online in languages such as English, there’s a shortage in many other languages. According to UNESCO, 90% of the content on the Internet exists in only 12 languages. The millions of people worldwide who speak other languages are missing out on valuable information that can help improve their lives.

Currently, producers of high quality health content face difficulties in translating their content. Health Speaks hopes to help overcome these barriers by encouraging community-based, crowd-sourced translations with the assistance of the Google Translator Toolkit.

About Google.org

Google.org is Google’s philanthropic organization. We aim to use Google’s strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges. We’re currently operating projects in the areas of global public health, climate change and crisis response.

About Google Translator Toolkit

Google Translator Toolkit is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that builds on Google Translate and makes translation faster and easier. It brings a human touch to machine translation by making it easy for translators to edit following a first pass machine translation.