Conservation Through Public Health
Conservation Through Public Health achieves gorilla conservation by enabling humans, wildlife and livestock to coexist through improving primary healthcare in and around Africa’s protected areas.
Located in Buhoma village, CTPH aims to be an internationally-renowned leader in gorilla research and conservation by improving the health of humans, wildlife and ecosystems that surround the gorillas, and by using a multidisciplinary approach which promotes sustainable animal and human health services, advocacy, education, and research.
CTPH established an early warning system for disease outbreaks through wildlife fecal sample collection and analysis. In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park CTPH has trained rangers, trackers, field assistants, and community volunteers in gorilla health monitoring through recognizing clinical signs in gorillas and collecting fecal samples from night nests and fresh trails. Samples are analyzed at the Gorilla Research Clinic, which also serves as a veterinary clinic for other animals in the area.
CTPH is working with the Kanungu District Medical Office and local health centers to improve the health of Bwindi communities. A Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approach is being used to reduce threats to mountain gorillas and other wildlife, by consolidating community based health care to promote family planning, and prevent and control TB, scabies, HIV/AIDS and dysentery. This is done by facilitating the formation of community health volunteer networks, which educate and encourage their community to be more hygienic and have better health practices and conservation attitudes.
Agandi Uganda is supporting CTPH by promoting its activities like gorilla conservation through public health or the gorilla conservation coffee social enterprise project.
Change a Life in Bwindi
Mission : Ensure the delicate balance between the environment, wildlife conservation and sustainable development in Bwindi – Ruhija area.
Change A Life Bwindi helps people around Bwindi national park to raise themselves out of poverty. Our projects empower the community to build a secure and sustainable future for themselves and for the national park.
- Our objective is to directly link the importance of preserving Bwindi Forest as a source of livelihood for the surrounding communities.
- To raise awareness among the surrounding communities at large about the importance for conservation of environment through educational programs and activities for all community members.
- To provide a potential self sustainable model to empower and create financial freedom among the women.
- To empower women with the aim of alleviating poverty and driving sustainable development.
- To raise awareness of women’s economic and social rights in order to take up leadership positions with the organization and the wider community.
Agandi Uganda is promoting our activities to its visitors. We think about ideas and cooperate to improve environment conservation in Ruhija by empowering and involving the people of the community. As tourism is growing in the region, we are also active to improve the involvement of the tourism sector in the local sustainable development.
Some of the projects they are working on:-
- Basket weaving by women
- Beekeeping by the reformed poachers
- Tailoring by early marriage victims
- Mash room growing / organic farming.
- School bursary for children, after school and weekend program for children.
- Conservation education