Massachusetts Cancer Nonprofit Has Launched Turkish Covid-19 Information Website
Website will serve Turkic-speaking communities state, nation, and worldwide
CERI launched a Turkish website dedicated to inform the Turkic-speaking communities in Massachusetts, nation and worldwide on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) with up-to-date information and developing news.
Beside its first educational and informational updates on COVID-19 in English on March 1 on its designated website and on its social media sites, CERI started to publish in Turkish on March 17.
The website is primarily dedicated to education, scientific explanations and updates. With this site, particularly non-English speaking immigrants in the U.S. will have access to information they otherwise cannot understand. Thus, CERI solves the pressing need for health information for a large number of immigrants of Turkic descent in Massachusetts and throughout the U.S., and true to its mission, making sure that a language and economical barrier will not have an affect on their health and safety.
The site can be found at canceredinstitute.org/
"We have a large number of patients, followers, and subscribers from Turkic-speaking countries, and we just had to make sure that they are well-served in this critical time of the COVID-19 outbreak," said Dr. Ayguen Sahin, CEO and Cancer Lead of CERI. "During the early times of the outbreak, we have received many calls from Turkish or Azerbaijani immigrants who are not proficient in English, panicking about what to do, how to get tested, health insurance and doctor's appointment issues. We helped them with all their issues, and made sure that they are well educated about COVID-19 by following up with phone calls," she continued.
Immigrants of Turkic descent are often excluded from receiving proper health education and/or care due to lack of guidance, and CERI was founded to tackle this issue, making sure that health education and high quality treatment and care is provided for all, regardless of their cultural, economical, or linguistic barriers.
"We are now hoping to collaborate with the state and federal governments to provide this educational and resources page to serve our immigrants and communities of Turkic decent in need," said Dr. Sahin.
To donate to CERI visit its website.
Ayguen Sahin, MSc, PhD
CEO, Founder, and Cancer Lead