Salt Lake City, Utah – May 31, 2018 – Cody Broderick, CEO and Founder of inWhatLanguage, attends the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Global Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.
inWhatLanguage dedicates one percent of their revenue to supporting their impact initiatives. Language services are often overlooked in crisis situations, despite the fact that 569 million people are affected by disasters every year. In addition, 98 disease outbreaks occured in 2017 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We saw an opportunity to use our language services to make a difference in these disaster affected communities. It’s inspiring to be part of CDAC and see all the positive improvements everyone is making,” said Broderick.
Coordination and communication between the different responders on how to provide the most effective relief strategy remains a major concern. When earthquakes, hurricanes, and deadly disease outbreaks occur, accurate and timely translations are critical to enhance communication between responders and subsequently improve the effectiveness of the crisis response.
In May 2017, Broderick participated in the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Global Forum, in Bangkok, Thailand, where they met with several UN Agencies and NGOs, including leaders from the WHO Health Emergencies (WHE) Program to gain a better understanding of the communication and translation needs of humanitarian agencies and front-line responders.
The CDAC Network is a growing platform of more than 30 humanitarian, media development, social innovation, technology, and telecommunication organizations, dedicated to saving lives and making aid more effective through communication, information exchange and community engagement. inWhatLanguage joined CDAC’s mission of improving information provision and two-way communication between aid providers and affected communities in emergency contexts.
“It’s a global network of organizations working together to respond to natural disasters and crises through better communication. Our current disaster-affected communities impact program started because of last year’s forum and we’re excited to be part of it,” said Doug Simpson, Social Impact Manager at inWhatLanguage.
inWhatLanguage has already provided several services for the WHO’s World Health Emergencies (WHE) program. The WHE focuses on saving lives and reducing suffering in times of crisis. inWhatLanguage assisted the WHE by translating training materials informing first responders on how to manage infectious hazards during a cholera outbreak into Tshiluba – a rare language used in a region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently affected by a Cholera outbreak. The OpenWHO allows the WHO and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders during natural epidemics, pandemics, and health emergencies.