Conservation Through Public Health
October 17, 2020
11:45 am PDT
Based in Uganda, Conservation Through Public Health focuses on mountain gorilla conservation by protecting their habitat and promoting their health. To prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases between humans, gorillas, and livestock, they employ veterinarians and medical professionals to monitor and treat local villages and wildlife within Uganda’s national parks. This One Health model ensures that all life within these shared ecosystems remains balanced. They also support gorilla conservation by monitoring their groups, campaigning to reduce illegal poaching, and helping nearby communities find alternative livelihoods that foster coexistence and do not endanger gorilla populations.
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is one of the leading conservationists working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. She has studied at the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College and North Carolina State University, and is the Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health. Between 1996 and 2000, she set up the first Veterinary Unit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. She became an Ashoka Fellow in 2007 for merging Uganda’s wildlife management and rural public health programs, and completed an M.B.A. in Global Business and Sustainability in 2016. She is also on the leadership council for Women for the Environment in Africa.
Photography credits (top to bottom): Conservation Through Public Health, Jo-Anne McArthur/Unbound Project