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Unleashing the Benefits of Large Language Models (LLMs) to Low-Resource Languages

Alain Ndayishimiye of the Center for AI Policy and Innovation Ltd. in Rwanda will integrate a translation model with GPT-4 to produce a health service support tool in the national language, bypassing the need to build language-specific LLMs from scratch. LLMs have broad and powerful applications for improving public services such as education and healthcare by bridging information gaps across different cohorts. However, to create an impact in Rwanda, LLMs must be able to converse in Kinyarwanda, and current approaches to train LLMs in relatively minor languages are too expensive for low-resource nations. They will develop a support tool for community health workers focused on malnutrition leveraging GPT-4 as a knowledge base and an Mbaza English-Kinyarwanda translation model. The integrated support tool will be evaluated by assessing the quality of its translations.

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