Conservation Through Public Health Receives Disney Conservation Grant
Entebbe, Uganda – Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) as a part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the decline of threatened wildlife around the world. The conservation grant recognizes CTPH’s efforts to promote biodiversity conservation and protection of the endangered mountain gorilla by improving the health and livelihoods of people, wildlife and livestock living in and around Africa’s protected areas.
“We are incredibly excited by this opportunity to continue expanding our integrated conservation and health model to new communities living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We are thrilled that Disney recognizes CTPH as a leader in conservation.”
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, CEO and Founder
This project is expanding an integrated gorilla and human health model to new communities living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half the world’s remaining 880 mountain gorillas. The project will evaluate how improvements in human and livestock health in high human and gorilla conflict parishes are affecting the health status of the mountain gorillas. We will also expand our Village Health and Conservation Team (VHCT) model who will sensitize their communities on the links between their health and conservation. They will improve hygiene and sanitation, access to modern family planning methods, disease referrals to health centres and they will help reduce conflict between people and mountain gorillas and improve conservation attitudes. We will also work with youth through the Impenetrable Kids League to educate children through sports on the importance of good health and conservation. Through our advocacy we will increase awareness at national and international levels on the benefits and impact of the integrated gorilla and human health approach.
The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on reversing the decline of wildlife and increasing the time kids spend in nature. Since its inception in 1995, DCF has provided approximately $45 million to support conservation programs in 115 countries. Projects were selected to receive awards based on their efforts to study wildlife, protect habitats and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems around the world.
For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.