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Translation Task Force


The Healthcare Translation Task Force – brings high quality, easy to understand health information to as many languages as possible. It originated as a joint venture between Wiki Project Med Foundation and Translators Without Borders in 2011. Together we translated over 1,900 articles and worked in nearly 100 languages! This translated content is getting about 40 million views a year.

In 2021 this project is being relaunched within the MDWiki - Wikipedia environment, using an internal translation dashboard. Simple open the dashboard, change the target language to your desired language (using the two letter language code) and hit "Do it". Once the list of missing articles is generated, hit the "translate" link beside the article you wish to work on. Please note, you will need to be logged into your Wikipedia account for this to work.

Translation process

Please NOTE the underlying dashboard and collection of metrics is in active development as of May 15th 2021. While this process mostly works, we are still trying to address a number of issues.

Steps to translate an article
0 LogintoWP.png To login to the tool simple click login and "Log in with your Wikipedia account". If you do not yet have a Wikipedia account please create one.
1 Step0Translate.png Open the dashboard and (1) enter the two letter language code for the target language. (2) Click "Do it". (3) Select the article you want to translate.
2 1stPage.png Click on the blue link starting with "User:Mr.Ibrahem/ARTICLE".
3 Page2Tanslate.png Click on the blue button "Start translation"
4 Page3Translate.png Translate the article title into the target language and hit all the "+ Add translation" to bring the text over to the translation side (right side).
5 Step4Translate.png Translate the text in question. It may already be partly machine translated for certain languages. Than hit the blue "Publish" button.

Known issues

Known issues
1 TranslationIssue1.jpg Occasionally after hitting the "translate" button this screen appears. If this happens please simple go back and try the button again.


1) Why is the starting content separate from English Wikipedia?

Some on English Wikipedia do not see English Wikipedia as an appropriate place to develop content for translation into other languages.[1] For example some oppose using easier to understand language[2] and others oppose the us of references in the lead.[3][4] Working from here also allows pre-processing of article content to address issues within the content translation tool,[5] and gives us the ability to collect metrics. Simple put we have a greater ability to manage things here.

2) Why is only the lead available for translation?

We have had a number of languages request that smaller amount of content be translated as entire articles are more content than certain communities have the capacity to maintain. Additionally typically we here have only extensively reviewed and rewritten the leads for accuracy. We are looking at adding the ability to translate entire articles for those who wish to do so.


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

Lori Thicke, TwB[1] GlobalVoices-Rising Voices: Translating Health Content Without Borders[2]

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

Lori Thicke, TwB[1] The Guardian: Translators fight the fatal effects of the language gap[3]

  • "Antidote for a stigma: Translated content on vaccines helps fight a taboo",[4] Times of India, October 22, 2016
  • "Making Wikipedia’s medical articles accessible in Chinese",[5] Wikimedia Blog, June 2, 2015
  • "A Fight for Awareness in the Age of Globalization",[6] Huffington Post, October 2, 2014
  • "Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia's Medical Language Gap",[7] Global Voices & Wikimedia Blog,[8] July 27, 2014
  • "Translating Health Content Without Borders",[2] Global Voices, August 30, 2012
  • "Leveraging the Web to Overcome Challenges in the Developing World",[9] EContent Magazine, July 5, 2012
  • "Translators fight the fatal effects of the language gap"[10] The Guardian, April 11, 2012

Get in touch!

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Doc James
Dr. James Heilman
ER Physician, Project Lead


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Translators without Borders". Translators without Borders.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Languages: Translating Health Content Without Borders". 30 August 2012.
  3. Tran, Mark (11 April 2012). "Translators fight the fatal effects of the language gap - Mark Tran" – via
  4. "Antidote for a stigma".
  5. "Making Wikipedia's medical articles accessible in Chinese – Wikimedia Blog".
  6. Henderson, Francoise (2 October 2014). "A Fight for Awareness in the Age of Globalization".
  7. "Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia's Medical Language Gap · Global Voices". 27 July 2014.
  8. "Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia's Medical Language Gap – Wikimedia Blog".
  9. "Leveraging the Web to Overcome Challenges in the Developing World". 5 July 2012.
  10. Tran, Mark (11 April 2012). "Translators fight the fatal effects of the language gap - Mark Tran" – via