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24 Languages Project

Author(s): Ann Marchand
Date Authored: January 11, 2010

About the 24 Languages Project

The 24 Languages Project was founded in 2000 as a joint endeavor of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Utah Department of Health, to digitize translated consumer health brochures for online access. The project's initial work was funded by an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Subsequently the Eccles Library partnered with many organizations to make vital information addressing many health issues freely available on the Internet.  See list of Partners below.

In the fall of 2009, 24 Languages decided it didn't have the personnel to keep the resource current, but wanted current content to be available and used. EthnoMed agreed to collaborate with 24 Languages to input and house the current content into EthnoMed database. See: Immunization/Vaccine Information Statements


The 24 Languages Project provided information in audio formats as well as pdf documents. Thanks to an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, many of the materials are also available as sound recordings for downloading or immediate listening. Native speakers of the respective languages furnished the narrations, which were recorded, encoded, and made accessible on website.

Partner Organizations

These are the organizations that have generously contributed their high-quality translated materials:

  • The Utah Department of Health
  • The Immunization Action Coalition
  • The Association of Asian and Pacific Health Organizations
  • The Amputee Coalition of America
  • The National Institutes of Health
  • The Food and Drug Administration
  • Health and Human Services