Conservation Through Public Health
Volunteer in Human and Wildlife Public Health!
What We Need
Volunteers could help out at the Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Center (Gorilla Research Clinic) where we analyse fecal samples from gorillas and livestock; as well as people who are sick, through a partnership with the local health centres.
We work with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Wardens and rangers to
collect fecal samples from the gorilla night nests and train them to look
out for clinical signs in the gorillas. We also train Community Animal
Health Workers (CAHWS) who provide basic veterinary services to the
community’s livestock. We also support the community with rabies
vaccinations, spays and neuters of their pet dogs
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
diarrhoea patients, 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 also have a youth program, which is the
Impenetrable Kids League where we currently work with four schools; the
winning team has to win the game and score highest on the quiz.
When & Who
accommodation in a self contained tent, meals and staff time. If you bring
your own tent, it is $350. This does not include a gorilla permit, which
goes to Uganda Wildlife Authority or transport, which varies according to
the means of transport from Entebbe to Bwindi, and the type of work in Bwindi. CTPH can help you to book a gorilla permit.
What we Provide
Basic accommodation, meals and experienced staff to work directly with the volunteers. Transport and gorilla tracking permit can be arranged upon request
International Volunteers pay $500 per week covering accommodation, meals and staff time.
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Other Ways to Help
laboratory supplies, gum boots, rain gear, field vehicle
Additional Info about Us
Mountain gorillas are found in the rainforests that stretch across the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Habitat encroachment, poaching, political and economic instability and preventable diseases threaten the mountain gorillas as the population has dwindled to an estimated 700 individuals.
Uganda is home to half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, located in Mgahinga National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Surrounding these protected areas live isolated and impoverished communities with limited access to information and basic health services.
Diseases spread between humans, wildlife and livestock as a result of humans and gorillas living in such close proximity and having 98.4% identical genetic make up. Ugandans dedicated to resolving such threats to the community and local wildlife, founded Conservation Through Public Health in 2002 and work in the fields of Wildlife Health Monitoring, Human Public Health and Information, Education and Communication.
CTPH is an award-winning grassroots NGO based in Uganda and founded in December 2002 by CEO Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a leading conservationist and scientist working to save the critically endangered mountain Gorillas.
CTPH is a registered U.S. tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN: 37-1455761.Donations, but not raffle tickets, are US tax deductible