IPhone App Helps Boost Haitian Recovery Efforts

A U.S.-based nonprofit group is helping foreign aid workers overcome language barriers in Haiti through their iPhones.

The Burn Advocates Network has partnered with mobile learning firm Brainscape to release the free French Creole for Aid Workers app on iTunes, which aims to improve communication between Haitians and humanitarian workers.

“Language barriers can be one of the biggest barriers to the effective delivery of medical relief in foreign cultures,” Samuel Davis, founder and executive director of BAN, said in a statement. “I realized that having an efficient way to teach our volunteers such simple Creole words beforehand would greatly speed up the aid process and allow us to reach more victims during our limited time in Haiti.”

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