CTPH established an early warning system for disease outbreaks through wildlife fecal sample collection and analysis. In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park CTPH has trained rangers, trackers, field assistants, and community volunteers in gorilla health monitoring through recognizing clinical signs in gorillas and collecting fecal samples from night nests and fresh trails. Samples are analyzed at the Gorilla Research Clinic, which also serves as a veterinary clinic for other animals in the area.
Weekly mountain gorilla fecal samples are collected by park trackers and rangers and community volunteers from the Human and Gorilla Conflict Resolution (HUGO) team when gorillas forage in community land. The samples are analyzed for pathogens (parasites, bacteria and other disease causing organisms) at the Gorilla Research Clinic, where results are shared with... read more.
CTPH is working with the Kanungu District Medical Office and local health centers to improve the health of Bwindi communities. A Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approach is being used to reduce threats to mountain gorillas and other wildlife, by consolidating community based health care to promote family planning, and prevent and control TB, scabies, HIV/AIDS and dysentery. This is done by facilitating the formation of community health volunteer networks, which educate and encourage their community to be more hygienic and have better health practices and conservation attitudes.
To sustain the volunteer efforts, CTPH is helping to create Community Based Organizations to spearhead this approach in their communities, and has introduced income generating livestock livelihood projects for the community groups to derive an income to sustain their volunteer efforts. CTPH also engages traditional healers and gets them to refer suspect TB and HIV patients, as well become their community volunteer who watches them taking treatment for eight months, as part of the Community Based Direct Observation of Treatments Short Course Therapy (CBDOTS) national strategy......read more
The internet provided by the CTPH Telecentre makes the world smaller, enabling people and businesses to surpass geographical barriers instantaneously. Families are no longer limited to interaction in their own towns, but can reach the rest of the world with the press of a key, allowing them to learn from the international community and address the problems of isolation, poor health practices, and increase access to education and jobs to name a few. Community members, primarily youth, learn computer skills enabling them to become more actively involved in the ecotourism industry, such as e-commerce to market their crafts on the internet while learning about the important and delicate linkages between gorilla conservation, public health, ecotourism and sustainable livelihoods. Another benefit? As the local community’s education and international scope improves, most often so do their health practices.
A CTPH Telecentre/UWA Visitor Information Centre at the Queen’s Pavilion Crater Drive Gate entrance to Queen Elizabeth National park, trains people to use computers and access internet at the centre and in their villages through a roving telecentre with cached websites, improving their attitudes to wildlife conservation. The centre is run by CTPH staff from two of the most disadvantaged communities around the park, Hamukungu and Kikorongo who serve the tourists refreshing coffee “Gorilla Kawa” and other beverages, with a stunning panoramic view of the craters, Ruwenzori Mountain, road to DRC and the Equator......read more