On 27th May 2016, CTPH launched the project: “Can Health Investments Benefit Conservation and Sustainable Development?”
A Village Health and Conservation Team (VHCT) volunteer administers an injectable contraceptive to a woman in the Bwindi Community
Through this project, CTPH will expand its mission to promote biodiversity conservation by enabling people, wildlife and livestock to coexist through improving their health and livelihoods beyond Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to other protected areas, thanks to the funding from the UK government through the Darwin Initiative, with co-funding from UK aid. Implementing partners include Oxford University leading the research component of the project and International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) leading the policy engagement, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Jane Goodall Institute, Budongo Forest Conservation Station, Districts of Kanungu, Masindi, Bukwo, Kween and Bulambuli and Buhoma Community Hospital.
A VHCT volunteer gives a community health and conservation talk
CTPH uses an integrated ‘One Health’ approach to control cross species disease transmission, improve hygiene and sanitation to prevent illness, encourage family planning, provide alternative livelihoods to reduce pressure on park resources all contributing towards sustainable development.
The three-year project will explore the evidence for relationships between health improvements and conservation outcomes implemented by CTPH at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park over the past 8 years. Recommendations from the project will be used to more systematically expand the Village Health and Conservation Team (VHCT) model to Mount Elgon National Park and Budongo Forest Reserve in Uganda, directly improving the health of a further 9,300 families within 4 districts, representing 46,500 people.
In rolling out the programme, the project will directly contribute to the wellbeing and resilience of new beneficiaries. Communities in existing CTPH programs will benefit from improved outcomes based on changes made as a result of the project research, and from having their voices heard through the consultations and discussions, which form part of the evaluation. Their experiences and ongoing health needs will be highlighted to national policymakers and international donors through our dissemination activities. Therefore, a total of 14,500 households from Uganda, a low-income country, will benefit from this project.