On 20th June 2016, CTPH was honored for our CEO Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka to be featured in an interview with Kim Chakanesta from the BBC World Service radio program "The Conversation” talking about her career as a wildlife veterinary doctor and conservationist together with another amazing veterinary doctor from Sri Lanka, Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekere, who is an animal advocate transforming the way society views urban dogs through raising the standards for pet care in Sri Lanka. Both Dr Gladys and Dr Nalinika are Ashoka fellows. Ashoka supports leading social entrepreneurs.
The article reads in part "As a new vet graduate, Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka was made chief veterinary officer of the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. She set about restocking her country's national parks with giraffes following years of civil war, but it was the endangered mountain gorillas that really captured Gladys' heart. She now leads her own charity Conservation Through Public Health, which looks after both the health of the gorillas and the people who live near them, who are crucial to their survival".
"Sri Lankan vet Dr Nalinika Obeyesekere prefers to treat smaller creatures such as cats and dogs. Nalinika grew up looking after her parents' adopted animals, everything from fish to a leopard cub! But she soon decided that working with wildlife was not for her, and instead started up her country's first multi-doctor veterinary practice. Nalinika is passionate about improving training and education around animal care, and she uses a portion of her profits to provide free treatment for Colombo's huge stray dog population".
Please listen to the audio on this link.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03y4hy1