TWB’s Global Response to COVID-19
The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of information.
COVID-19 has triggered a global response by governments, aid agencies, and health workers. The pandemic is fueled by what the WHO calls an "infodemic." People aren’t getting enough reliable, accurate and timely information that they can understand and use to best protect themselves.
Everyone needs reliable COVID-19 information in a language and a format that they understand. Responders need to be able to listen to people to understand their needs—no matter what languages they speak.
We’re using our expertise in multilingual communication to address these urgent challenges through:
We’re working with partners to translate critical public-facing content into languages and formats that more people can understand. For live data on the scale of our translation work and the number of languages supported, visit our COVID-19 translations page.
Language data and mapping
Aid groups need to know which languages are spoken in any given region. We’re developing maps that visualize languages and literacy levels globally, to help guide COVID-19 communications. See our interactive language map here.
Social media monitoring
To help public health experts stop the spread of rumors and inaccurate information, we’re monitoring COVID-19-related social media conversations in multiple languages. Learn more at our blog.
Multilingual glossary for COVID-19
We’re developing a multilingual, plain-language glossary of key COVID-19 terminology to support clear, consistent public information. Visit our growing COVID-19 multilingual glossary here.
National and International NGOs
To request language services, please email Manmeet Kaur, TWB’s COVID-19 Response Lead.
Community Aid Groups
Need help translating COVID-19 information? Apply for our free COVID-19 Community Translation Program now.
Translate for TWB
We currently need COVID-19 translation support in many global languages.
Please apply to become a volunteer translator here.
The project is funded by the H2H Fund, a funding mechanism for H2H Network members. The fund is a rapid funding vehicle for network members responding to humanitarian crises.
Our sponsors and supporters:
Project updates and resources: