On 13th May 2009, Conservation Through Public Health Founder and CEO, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka won the Whitley Gold Award for grassroots nature conservation also known as the "Green Oscars", presented by HRH, Princess Anne, at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The Whitley Awards worth £30,000 were presented to five other outstanding conservation leaders from Bulgaria, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka emerged as the winner with a prize comprising a £30,000 Whitley Award donated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - UK and the Whitley Gold Award of an additional second year of funding worth £30,000.
The Whitley Awards were co-hosted by the Whitley Fund for Nature and BBC Wildlife presenter, Kate Humble, with over 400 people including embassy representatives, donors and leading environmentalists.
The funds will be used to measure the conservation impact of CTPH's work in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by documenting improvement of hygiene indicators of community members who regularly interface with gorillas and resultant effect on the gorilla health status.
Edward Whitley said: "The aim of the Whitley Awards is to find and support conservation scientists whose vision, passion, determination and qualities of leadership mean they are achieving inspirational results in conservation. Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka' project demonstrates all this and more. As judges, we were especially impressed by what this project is doing in the International Year of the Gorilla, to protect a species that has become a symbol of what conservation means, offers its human neighbours access to useful tourism income yet which is vulnerable to human diseases because we share 98% of DNA."