Red Cross Bridges Language Barrier in Haiti

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet on February 11, 2010

Approximately 70 American Red Cross volunteers are currently in Haiti attempting to improve communication between medical staff and Haitian patients.

The volunteers will work as interpreters and translators aboard the USNS Comfort- a treatment facility for surgical and medical care. The staff there is made up of Marines, Soldiers, Sailor and Airmen. They will assist with the communication gap between patients who are being treated and the doctors who are taking care of them. They hope this will help ease the patients fear in an unfamiliar area with no one to understand them while also ensuring they don’t have other complications the medical staff should be aware of.

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Topics: Interpretation