health information into Urdu
and get it distributed in Pakistan
It really is amazing how
much literature Americans can easily access about health. Whether it's on the
internet or the free information found in hospital waiting rooms or what's given
to you by your doctor if you've developed an illness, the amount of written
information about health is virtually endless.
Contrast this with Pakistan,
where medicine is really a specialized field for doctors and nurses and the
average person has little access to basic material about health.
You can reverse this trend
by translating this easily accessible information about health into Urdu and
distributing it in Pakistan.
Start off by selecting which
material you feel would be most useful. For instance, heart disease and diabetes
are very common conditions in Pakistan. Look for pamphlets and materials about
these illnesses that include a description of the disease and what patients
should do to maintain their health if they have these sicknesses. Also look
for general health information like about pregnancy, basic nutrition, weight
Once you've got the material,
contact the publishers and writers of the pamphlets and explain what you want
to do if the information is not copyright-free. Ask them permission to translate
and distribute their work. You will probably have no problem getting them to
give you the go ahead. Ask if there are already translations in Urdu of these
materials (it never hurts to check) and also see if anything needs to be adjusted
in the information to cater to the health needs of Pakistanis.
You may want to check with
a couple of doctors familiar with health conditions in Pakistani to "Pakistani-ize"
the information in the pamphlet.
After you've got the go
ahead, draw up a budget of how much this project will cost. Although the information
itself may be free, you may want to invest in a professional translator to translate
the material into Urdu. In addition, you may prefer to hire a graphic designer
to make the information look attractive and more readable. You will also need
to pay for printing.
Contact your local Pakistani-American
association to ask if they can help cover the costs of this project. In exchange,
you can put their name on the finished work as a form of "advertising"
for them (you may have to check with the original writer and publisher of the
material before you agree to do this). Or, you can try contacting a government
health agency and find out if there are grants or funds available for what you
are trying to do.
Once you've got your funds,
get the material translated, either through a professional or with the help
of a group of friends whose abilities in Urdu writing are excellent. Complete
the graphic design for the information with the help of a talented volunteer
or professional, depending on what you can afford. Make sure to set a deadline
for completing the translation and design, otherwise the work will most likely
After the material has been
printed, make a list of places and ways to deliver. You should reserve a few
copies of the material (maybe about 200) to give to a hospital or medical facility
in your city which has a lot of Pakistanis in its neighborhood, a Masjid frequented
by many Pakistanis, as well as Pakistani-owned grocery stores.
The rest of the material
will be sent to Pakistan. You can use a couple of different ways to distribute
over there. One way is by giving family and friends planning to visit Pakistan
soon a number of copies to distribute amongst their relatives, friends and neighbors
Another way is to go to
Pakistan in person and distribute them in hospitals, medical facilities, and
of course amongst family, neighbors and friends. For hospitals and medical facilities,
make sure you have the permission of the institution before you give the pamphlets,
so they don't end up being thrown out over a bureaucratic disagreement.
Also hand a number of pamhlets
to doctors you know in Pakistan so they can start sharing this information with
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