The LinguaAfrica project

We know that healthcare is more effective when people are treated in their own language together with an understanding and respect for their culture. However, currently many African languages have few assessments, screening tools or health-related resources. With this project, our aims are to provide an overview of health-related resources used in Africa in terms of languages, clinical domains and countries. Ultimately this project aims to promote the development and use of linguistically and culturally appropriate health and social tools for fair and valid assessment, leading to effective intervention for this population through documenting available resources and identifying areas for future development. We argue that SLPs are well-placed to champion the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-related resources for Africa as clinicians with communication expertise.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
– Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela