GORILLA HEALTH AND COMMUNITY CONSERVATION CENTRE
Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) was founded in 2003 when we traced fatal scabies skin disease outbreaks in gorillas back to people living around the park who have very little health care and education about hygiene and disease prevention. CTPH promotes gorilla conservation by enabling people, wildlife and livestock co exist through improving their health and livelihoods in and around protected areas in Africa.
CTPH built a Gorilla Research Clinic in Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s main tourist site, which has now expanded to a larger Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Center with a panoramic view of Bwindi forest, where we give tourists a behind the scenes tour of gorilla conservation through explaining our programs including gorilla health monitoring, community health and livelihoods.
Visit us and get a tour and demonstration showing how we analyse samples from gorillas, where tourists can get to participate. We also talk about work with the Bwindi local community, which is essential to prevent diseases being transmitted between people and gorillas.
We give seminars including a power point presentation with slides, about our work with the gorillas and Bwindi local community where visitors can get more in depth information followed by a question and answer session. It lasts one to one and a half hours and we charge $250 per group for this experience.
We offer the intimate gorilla experience where tourists can track gorillas with Dr Gladys or the CTPH team and get more information about gorilla health and conservation. Depending on how far the gorilla night nests are from the gorillas, this can sometimes include visiting the gorilla night nests and collecting fecal samples which are later analysed at the Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre. If tourists track gorillas with Dr. Gladys, we charge $500 per group guiding and $500 for travel costs. If the clients go tracking with any other CTPH staff, we charge $100 per group for the guiding fees.
In the community health program, we work with Village Health and Conservation Teams (VHCTs) who visit homes in their villages and promote hygiene and sanitation, family planning, infectious disease prevention and control through education and referring suspect TB, HIV, Scabies and diarrhea patients. VHCTs also promote nutrition and sustainable agriculture, as well as, conservation of the gorillas and their habitat including reporting homes that are regularly visited by gorillas to help reduce human and wildlife conflict. We can arrange for tourists to visit our VHCTs in their homes and see how they improve the quality of lives of local communities in their villages.
Your clients could also participate in our sports program – The Impenetrable Kids League – where different secondary schools participate and points are awarded according to the goals scored and the conservation quizzes answered. The teams in the four schools are named after Uganda’s top primates and include Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Bush baby and Colobus monkey.