Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Communication boards for communication in Mozambique

In the wake of cyclones Idai and Kenneth millions of Mozambican citizens are left in need of humanitarian aid. An emergency communication board was developed in order to bridge communication gaps between rescue and support workers who might not speak Portuguese and Mozambicans (e.g. children and elderly persons) who only know Portuguese. This board contains the most important health and medical information supported by pictures with both the Portuguese and English words to facilitate interaction. The health care/rescue worker can then ask questions by pointing to the pictures, and the person in need of support can reply by also pointing to the pictures. The pictures have been designed in such a way that they are gender, age and culturally appropriate.  Supporting the interaction with pictures can help to eliminate possible communication breakdowns and misunderstandings.

The board was developed as part of a collaboration between DART (Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology) at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden and our research partners at the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Centre for AAC) at the University of Pretoria, https://www.up.ac.za/centre-for-augmentative-alternative-communication

The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) assisted with ensuring the correctness of the translations. Visit their website at https://ww.isaac-online.org

Download and use for free

Use the communication board in any situation where you think it suits your needs. It’s free for everyone. Download it, print it or use it on your device.

Do you want to make changes or translate it into another language? Log in to our web resource Bildstod.se. Once you’re signed in, you can use it as a template. If the direct link above doesn’t work, search for “emergency” on the landing page.

Above you also find a document with instructions for how to use the board.