The launching inauguration of the project was held at Intercontinental Hotel. The project which is entitled “Ethiopian Sign Language (EthSL) Translator System” focuses on communication problems of deaf individuals and individuals with problems related to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH). The software enables a direct conversation between medical doctors and their respective patients with hearing impairments and removes the middleman.
While opening inauguration of the project, Dr Abraham Debebe, the university vice president for research and technology transfer, noted that the software has considerable importance in solving communication barriers between Doctor and a deaf patient as it paves a direct conversation between the patient and the doctor. He also added that there will be a lot of software systems which can further be developed in the area that can simplify the communication problems of people with hearing impairments.
Mr. Kebede Kedir, ECDD Finance and Administration head, on his part noted on his opening remarks that the software is meaningful for us at this initial stage and will be improved to accommodate the signatories’ dialects variations throughout the country. Mr. Kebede added that his company appreciates AASTU management and the project team as well as the ECDD personnel for the successful accomplishment of the project.
The research team member, Mr. Getnet Melese explained that there is a serious problem related to Reproductive Health (RH) where the patient’s personal information is exposed to the interpreter and the patient will not tell some of the important but private information to the doctor due to the presence of a third party. EthSL Interpreter System helps to overcome this problem by implementing the best technology available these days as well as algorithms for natural communication between a deaf patient and doctors in hospitals and different health centers.