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The Translation Task Force (previously called the Medical Translation Project) – brings high quality, easy to understand health care information into as many languages as possible. As of 2015, WikiProject Medicine, Wiki Project Med Foundation, Translators Without Borders and others have translated over 1,300 articles and are working in more than 90 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 most−and are currently working on (but not limited to) articles on: diseases, medications and drugs, anatomy, nutrition, sanitation, and women's health. We are concentrating on generating and translating three or four paragraph overviews of these topics. A list of short articles ready for translation is here.

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 Wikipedians to engage the community on the different Wikipedias.
Assessing content
We need local-language speakers to determine which articles need to be translated into the target language.
We are always on the look-out for dedicated translators to work directly with our content, especially in smaller languages!
Translated articles need to be integrated into local Wikipedias. This process is done manually and needs to be in harmony with existing local articles.
Posting jobs on Translators Without Borders website
We need people to manage languages. This involves posting new translation jobs on the TWB website.
Template installation
For translations to be more useful templates and modules should be installed. We need people with the technical know-how to help out.
Several of our processes are in need of simplification and many could be improved with bots.
Writing content for the translation project
Writing for translations may be slightly different from writing other articles on Wikipedia. If you are interested in improving articles contact James Heilman ( or simply create a Wikipedia account and start editing.

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 effort primarily concentrated on 80 medical articles of global significance. In the month of February 2012 these pages in English received a total of 10.6 million page views.[1]

In 2014 we switched our efforts to a larger number of shorter articles as we believe translating more short articles rather than fewer long articles will have a greater impact. 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 over 1.2 million pages views per month (see here) in their local languages.

Health care site traffic comparison in July 2014. Light blue portions represent official Wikimedia Foundation data for all medical articles. Other data is estimated from SimilarWeb.[1]


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. By the summer of 2015, the Translation Task Force surpassed 1,000 translations and made continued progress towards all of its goals.

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Year started 2011 2013
Article goal # 100 1000
Articles ready
for translation
33 206
Language goal # 50 100
Translations done 628 669 (Updated September 2015)
FA/GA translations 65 12 (Updated September 2015)
Translations needing integration Done :) 4 (updated September 2015)


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
  1. ^ Heilman, JM; West, AG (4 March 2015). "Wikipedia and medicine: quantifying readership, editors, and the significance of natural language.". Journal of medical Internet research 17 (3): e62. PMID 25739399.