Strategic Objectives

  • – Promote a One Health and Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approach to addressing some of the most pressing public health and environmental concerns in and around protected areas in Africa.
  • – Monitor and track zoonotic disease transmissions between gorilla, humans and livestock to prevent outbreaks of deadly diseases.
  • – Empower local communities to be stewards of their environment and to practice health seeking behavior through the VHCT model.
  • – Create sustainable income and improve livelihoods for community volunteers through income generating projects and Village and Savings Loan Associations.
  • – Identify and cultivate sustainable sources of funds to continue running CTPH programs.
  • – Advocate for One Health and PHE approaches to be institutionalized into policies at the regional, national and multilateral level.

 

Milestones

  • – Enrolling more than 50 individuals living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in TB treatment (implementing Community Based Direct Observation of Treatment methods).
  • – Counselling more than 1,500 rural residents through home visits on family planning methods and infectious diseases that can be transmitted between people, wildlife, and livestock; a third of the homes having regular “interactions” with gorillas.
  • – Training 30 community volunteers around Queen Elizabeth National Park, in animal and human disease issues and human/wildlife conflict resolution thus empowering community conservation leaders and promoting sustainable livelihoods.
  • – Educating more than 7,000 Bwindi community members about the links between conservation, public health, ecotourism, and sustainable livelihoods through community drama workshops, brochures and five health message signposts.
  • – Creating five community volunteer networks around Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National Parks improving the health of people and animals, of which one of the Bwindi networks became a community based organization.
  • – Developing the first innovative flip charts for peer education on the “gorilla conservation through public health message”, on ecofriendly sisal based grain sacks.
  • – Starting the third pilot Community Based Depo-Provera project in Uganda of three monthly interval contraception injections given by trained CTPH community health volunteers, ensuring better compliance of women on this contraception with potential to making this a national policy.
  • – Over 290 new modern family planning users in two years among volunteer household clients, four times higher than expected based on historical trends, of which 40% of the homes visited bordered the park and considered at higher risk for human/gorilla interaction including disease transmission.
  • – Two pilot radio programs with community testimonies encouraging people to get tested for TB and enroll in the CBDOTS program, and to adopt modern family planning.
  • – Training more than 200 rural youth, 40 % women, in basic computer applications at our two remote solar-powered telecentres.
  • – Providing opportunities for more than 3,000 people in rural local communities to access internet services for conservation and health education purposes.