No worry, dat sick go finish small time

Encouraging local community participation in global healthcare via minority language de-terminologization and ruralization.




This study evaluates the dual role of translators and interpreters working for NGOs involved in the health sector in developing countries. Given the crucial importance of public health in a nation’s development, we assess the way grassroots participation in healthcare projects and activities is enhanced through the translation of healthcare information into low-resource languages. This study, epistemologically grounded in the theory of planned behaviour (TPB), adopts a qualitative and quantitative methodological approach to correlate the TPB and the target-language choices of translator-interpreters and the translation strategies they adopt working with low-resource languages. The survey responses and audio recordings analysed are those of translators or interpreters working in a rural context in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. The target language in question is Pidgin English, a low-resource oral language. The evidence gathered leads to the finding that various de-terminologization strategies are employed to ensure that messages are adequately disseminated and that the local community members are involved in healthcare activities. The study seeks to bring together translation, interpreting, the TPB, and international development in which the involvement of NGOs underscores North–South cooperation in the strategic domain of global healthcare.

Author Biography

Francis Tazoacha, Nfafu Policy Institute, Yaounde, Cameroon

Tozoacha Francis is the Director of Peace and Security Division at Nkafu Policy Institute, Yaounde, Cameroon. He has worked for several years as the UN Senior Project Officer for Conflict Intervention and Peacebuilding Program in Cape Town, South Africa and as a senior lecturer at Hargeisa University and Pan African Institute in Buea, Cameroon. At Nkafu Policy Institute, he gathers information on conflicts, proposes resolution strategies, and organizes research and capacity-building program. He has also been involved in training conflict resolution agents and deploying them across Africa. He works with NGOs from across the continent and peer reviews articles on the environment, peace and security. 


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How to Cite

Tekwa, K., & Tazoacha, F. (2022). No worry, dat sick go finish small time : Encouraging local community participation in global healthcare via minority language de-terminologization and ruralization. Linguistica Antverpiensia, New Series – Themes in Translation Studies, 21.