In August, Google announced Health Speaks, an initiative to make more quality health information available in local languages on the Internet. “After 3.5 months, these pilots have come to a close. Health Speaks communities translated, reviewed and published 266 new health articles (177 in Arabic, 79 in Hindi and 10 in Swahili),” Google announced.
“Our first Health Speaks pilots pledged a donation of 3 US cents per English word translated to three non-profit organizations. As an extra thank you to the volunteers, we’re adding an additional $10,000 donation to each NGO. Their contribution has resulted in donations of $26,611, $16,815 and $10,580 to Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (Arabic), Public Health Foundation of India (Hindi) and African Medical and Research Foundation (Swahili) respectively.
Lastly, a special mention to many Wikipedians who worked with us by training others and providing help with Wikipedia, as well as to our top contributors for each pilot.
We’re already seeing evidence of the impact of our volunteers’ hard work. Three reproductive health-related articles in Arabic have been viewed over 20,000 times. Articles from the Health Speaks pilots (including the professionally translated articles commissioned by Google.org) have been viewed over 145,000 times,” Google added.