The RxISK Prize campaign took off 3 months ago. The generosity of donors from all walks of life – many out of work because of the impact of these conditions on them – has been astonishing. There have also been substantial anonymous donations.
While many of those affected have lost faith in doctors and pharmaceutical companies, seeing the donations come in has restored a certain amount of faith in human nature in those of us in RxISK.
We are one third of the way to the monetary target, but we only have ten per cent of the 197 countries on earth and less than half of US States, and Canadian provinces.
Plenty of targets out there for You to aim at. Investing sweat is as important as investing money. There have been major investments of sweat from several people – both affected and not affected. It would be wonderful if some of you reading this took it on yourself to get a donation from a country not currently listed on the RxISK.org/Prize page – even a few cents to put Burundi or Malawi or Yemen on the map.
Some of those who have been able to get friends or others to donate have reported that the impact on them of someone else donating was very affirming.
We have had replies from several pharmaceutical companies and have engaged in a conversation with two of them, centred on the issue of when is it reasonable to say a treatment has caused a problem. This is the topic of yesterday’s post on DH.org – Pandemonium and Pandemrix.
We have written to many major organisations in mental health, primary care and urology – see RxISK.org/Prize.
We have also emailed close to a thousand urologists and therapists in the sex and relationships field.
There has been an outreach to journalists but few of them have picked up the story. They may be caught between desire and a fear of coming to harm – as people are before they take the plunge. Or maybe the media G spot has just gone numb.
Tower of Babel Competition
Google has made something else possible for the campaign. It has enabled us to put together four three-minute videos. The PSSD and Prize videos were uploaded three weeks ago and the Map and PGAD ones two weeks ago. The latest statistics on downloads are below.
But even more interesting is that if you look closely at the image above, Google allows us to subtitle these videos and it also auto-translates the subtitles.
We have begun emailing them to Italy, Spain, Brazil and elsewhere and an intriguing option has opened up which we invite everyone reading this to participate in, whether you are from Poland, Argentina, China, Mauritius or anywhere English speaking.
Go into You Tube and access each video in turn.
We were alerted to the intriguing possibilities of an international competition by a colleague in Brazil who said the Portuguese translation makes no sense.
So here’s the competition. We want to see what language produces the strangest translation. It won’t be the entire translation that is strange – just key bits.
Here are the links:
PSSD – http://youtu.be/Ke9Q5i97PHE
RxISK Prize – http://youtu.be/GJrRemX5Q-c
PGAD – http://youtu.be/PLUODoDaNBs
RxISK Map – http://youtu.be/mTs_KMg1vZI
Translate and tell us what you find. We will run a feature on the strangest outcomes. At the moment the in-house betting is on German producing the oddest outcomes.
We also need suggestions for the best title for this Lost in Translation feature – it could be To Really Mess Things up Leave it to an Algorithm or it could be Google, Gurgle, Gag – or anything else.
Finally when you get over having fun, you can help us by picking out key words in the original English which if changed would make people in Sri Lanka, Greece, or Mexico figure this Irishman is not quite as crazy as he looks right now.
Thanks to Google, which shows where videos are being accessed from, we can show the difference your efforts make. Can you get Iceland or China on the map?