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Medical Translation Project / Translation Task Force

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The Medical Translation Project (also known as the Translation Task Force) – aims to bring high quality, easy to understand medical and health information into as many languages as we can. Together WikiProject Medicine, Wiki Project Med Foundation, and Translators Without Borders have translated over 600 articles and is working in more than 100 languages! Wiki Project Med Foundation and Translators Without Borders are both parts of the global initiative: Healthcare Information For All by 2015! We aim to translate content where it is needed the most−and are currently working on (but not limited to) articles on: Disease, Medication and Drugs, Anatomy, Nutrition, Sanitation, Home economics, and Women's health.

We believe that language shouldn't be a barrier when it comes to accessing quality health information!

Get involved[edit]

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Here are ways you can help!

Community organization
We need involved Wikipedians to engage the community on the different Wikipedias.
Assessing content
We need language knowledgeable Wikipedians (or not yet Wikipedians) who can indicate on our progress tables which articles should and should not be translated!
We are always on the look-out for dedicated translators to work with our content, especially in smaller languages!
Translated articles need to be integrated into local Wikipedias. This process is done manually, and needs to take into account older articles.
Template installation
For translations to be more useful templates and modules should be installed. We need people with the technical know-how who can help out!
Several of our processes are in need of simplification and many could occur automatically with bots.
Writing content for the translation project
Writing for translations may be slightly different from writing other articles on Wikipedia.

Why help?[edit]

We're working together with Wikipedia Zero to spread knowledge where it is needed the most!

Wikipedia is the most used health care resource on the Internet−both by unique visitors and by pageviews. For all those interested in global health this is an opportunity to help bring high quality healthcare information to the world.

In the beginning the effort is primarily concentrating on 80 top importance medical articles of global significance. Currently they are put together as a Wikipedia Book in English at Book:Health care and in simple English here. In the month of February 2012 these pages in English received a total of 10.6 million page views.[1] A more in depth breakdown can be found at popular pages of the translation taskforce

As of July 2014, the more than 500 full articles translated via this project received nearly one million pages views as per here.

A comparison of unique visitors for Wikipedia's medical content versus that of other popular health sites. Aug 2012
A comparison of pageviews for Wikipedia's medical content versus that of other healthcare sites. Aug 2012


In 2013 1.92M words were translated, equivalent to a donation of $384,440. In 2014 0.91M words were translated, equivalent to a donation of $181,201.

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Year started 2011 2013
Article goal # 100 1000
Articles ready
for translation
33 47
Language goal # 50 100
Translations done 551 91
FA/GA translations 27 -
Translations needing integration 35 48


Imagine if all our health information was available only in Dutch!

Lori Thicke, TwB GlobalVoices-Rising Voices: Translating Health Content Without Borders

We are working to build a world where knowledge doesn't have borders

Lori Thicke, TwB The Guardian: Translators fight the fatal effects of the language gap

This project is partly funded by a Wikimedia Foundation Individual Engagement Grant