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- Post date: 10 February 2014
By: Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka and Dorothy Nakiwala
- Post date: 19 August 2009
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."
- Post date: 26 November 2012
A census of mountain gorillas, Gorilla beringei beringei, conducted in 2011 in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, confirms a minimum population of 400 gorillas, raising the world population of mountain gorillas to 880. The official result was released on 13th November 2012 by the Uganda Minister of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities, Hon. Maria Mutagamba alongside representatives of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Conservation Through Public Health and the International Gorilla Conservation Programme.
The increase in the Bwindi population since the last census, from just over 300 in 2006 to 400 in 2011, is attributed to improved censusing techniques of these rare and elusive apes as well as real population growth. Uganda Wildlife Authority and the parent Ministry stated that the increase in gorilla numbers is due to sound natural resource management practices.
In this latest census, teams systematically moved through Bwindi not once, but twice, looking for and documenting mountain gorilla night nests and faeces, and collecting faecal samples for genetic analysis. The first sweep was conducted with a small team from February 28 to September 2, 2011 and the second sweep conducted with multiple teams from September 10 to November 3, 2011. With the genetic analysis, scientists were able to determine how many unique groups and individuals were found by the field census teams through both sweeps, in what is referred to as a modified mark recapture method.
In short, the two sweeps of Bwindi allowed census teams to find more gorillas than a single sweep would have. Further, it is likely that some gorillas were missed by field census teams in the 2006 census of Bwindi's mountain gorillas. But all signs are that this population of critically endangered mountain gorillas is indeed growing.
“We used to talk about 650 mountain gorillas in the early 1990s when gorilla tourism began in Bwindi and now we are talking about 880 mountain gorillas. This is due to the efforts of effective law enforcement reducing illegal activities in the forest; community conservation where the community has a better understanding and appreciates the benefits of sharing a habitat with mountain gorillas to the extent of tolerating gorillas in their gardens and alerting the park authorities about gorilla poachers; ecotourism where revenue is shared within the community helping to reduce poverty and improve their attitudes to gorilla conservation; veterinarians who ensure that gorillas do not die prematurely; and researchers who monitor trends in population, illegal activities, ecology and behaviour, as well as, health. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has one of the best community conservation programs in the world improving coexistence between people and gorillas, contributing to the steady growth of this critically endangered mountain gorilla population” states Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, CTPH Founder and CEO.
Mountain gorillas live in social groups and the census results indicate that the 400 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park form 36 distinct social groups and 16 solitary males. Ten of these social groups are habituated to human presence for either tourism or research and included, at the time of the census, 168 mountain gorillas or 42% of the Bwindi population.
While it was initially planned to include Sarambwe Nature Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a protected area continuous with Bwindi and therefore potential habitat for mountain gorillas, it was not possible to do so due to insecurity in the Sarambwe area at the time of the census.
The total world population of mountain gorillas now stands at a minimum of 880, representing the 400 individuals in Bwindi confirmed in this 2011 census and 480 mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif confirmed by a census in 2010. Both populations of mountain gorillas have had positive trends in population growth over the last decade.
Conservation Through Public Health’s unique integrated approach to wildlife and community public health has helped to reduce the risks of disease transmission between people and gorillas by setting up long term systems of gorilla health monitoring; reducing infectious disease and improving hygiene and sanitation conditions of communities that surround mountain gorilla habitat, as well as, reducing household poverty and pressure on the forest habitat through community based family planning and reproductive health.
The 2011 Bwindi mountain gorilla census was conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority with support from l’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature and the Rwanda Development Board. The census was also supported by the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (a coalition of the African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna & Flora International, and WWF), the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Conservation Through Public Health, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
This census was funded by WWF-Sweden with supplemental support from Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V., the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Please look out for the video footage of the press conference news clips, which will be uploaded on CTPH website (www.ctph.org) soon.
Note: Gorilla censuses are conducted every four to five years to coincide with the interbirth interval of mountain gorillas. Though different census methods makes it difficult to compare population numbers from previous years, results show that the mountain gorilla population is steadily increasing, which is very encouraging for such a critically endangered species in a biodiversity hot spot with very high human population densities of 200 to 600 people per square kilometer. Please refer to the table below of all Bwindi gorilla censuses and methods used from 1997 to 2011.
BWINDI MOUNTAIN GORILLA POPULATION ESTIMATE
McNeilage et al. 2001
McNeilage et al. 2006
Single Sweep + genetic analysis
340 using single sweep and 302 after genetic analysis
Guchanski et al. 2009
Two sweeps + genetic analysis
Robbins et al. in press
The single sweep method counts three consecutive night nests to confirm each gorilla group and can lead to an underestimate if some groups are missed out. The two sweep method helps to reduce this error.
The single sweep method can lead to an over estimate where some individual gorillas build more than one nest in one night. Genetic analysis helps to reduce this error.
McNeilage, A., Plumptre, A.J., Brock-Doyle, A., Vedder, A., 2001. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: gorilla census 1997. Oryx 35, 39-47.
McNeilage, A, Robbins, MM, Gray, M, Olupot, W, Babaasa, D, Bitariho, R, Kasangaki, A, Rainer, H, Asuma, S, Mugiri, G, Baker, J. 2006. Census of the mountain gorilla population in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Oryx 40: 419-427.
Guschanski et al. 2009. Counting elusive animals: Comparing field and genetic census of the entire mountain gorilla population of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Biological Conservation 142: 290-300.
- Post date: 24 September 2012
- Awards and Recognition
CTPH Founder and CEO
- Six sciences certificate of merit for best Sciences student at A-level in Kibuli Secondary School, Kampala, Uganda, 1989
- Forum for African Women’s Educationalists “Models of Excellence,” 1999
- Primate Conservationist of the month (Primates Online) for July 1999
- Rotaract Club of Makindye (Uganda) annual vocational award for 1999/2000 in recognition of my work of protecting wildlife
- Ashoka Fellowship for Leading Social Entrepreneurs, 2006
- Finalist, Stockholm Challenge Award, 2006
- Post date: 19 September 2012
- CTPH Publications
Conservation Through Public Health has achieved gorilla conservation by an integration of many approaches.
The first approach was to establish a gorilla research clinic in Buhoma village Mukono parish, Kanungu district near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park head quarters. This, since its inception has been the center for early warning system for disease out breaks in gorillas and other animals. 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. Through this, CTPH has been able to strengthen the capacity of UWA Rangers and community volunteers in epidemiological research, hence easy disease control and management.
CTPH scaled up this approach to QENP where rangers where taught passive surveillance techniques and sera sample collection techniques (blood smears) from diseased animals. Rangers and research assistants were trained to recognize and report clinical signs in the wildlife, and to collect blood smears and other tissue samples from animals that they find dead in the course of their daily work. This has enabled UWA staff to detect earlier fatal diseases, such as anthrax and prevent further spread within the park. Another component was disease surveillance to detect infection rates and trends of diseases that spread between wildlife, livestock and people where a certain number of wild animals were tested for Tuberculosis (TB), brucellosis, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) among others. Results are used to aid better management of the wildlife and livestock in and around the national park.
- Post date: 10 November 2005
Nov 10, 2005
Author: Lillian Nsubuga, Guest Writer, The Weekly Observer
Torrential rains the previous night ensured that Saturday, October 15 started off gloomy, with a persistent drizzle that depressed the soul.
The usual morning forest sounds were drowned by the noise of fast running water in the jungle. The more you listened, the more you longed for a few extra hours in the warm bed.
The Nnabagereka and Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, CTPH Founder and CEO (front) in pursuit of the gorillas in Bwindi.
But it was not to be, for at 7 a.m., we were expected for a briefing before embarking on a gorilla tracking expedition in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. One of the trackers was the elegant Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, who was on her maiden visit to the park, thanks to Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a local NGO that works with communities in Bwindi. The Nnabagereka is its patron. The previous day, the Buganda queen had been chief guest at the launch of the CTPH-owned community tele-centre, the first of its kind in the area.
Chief Warden John Bosco Nuwe warned against littering in the forest, and advised us to carry enough water, some lunch and to hire porters to carry the bags.
Wearing confident smiles, the trackers, who also included the Buganda Minister for the Royal Treasury, Apollo Makubuya, the Minister for Women Affairs, Apollonia Lugemwa and CTPH Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Gladys Kalema Zikusoka, appeared keen to set off.
The Nnabagereka was calm. Head cocked to the left and arms folded across her bosom, she listened attentively to the chief warden's advice. Once in a while, she smiled, like when the chief warden requested the trackers to look away from the gorillas when sneezing to protect them from the bug. Apparently, flu is a serious health risk for these gentle giants.
As the gloomy morning got brighter, a small crowd formed on the roadside, with the locals jostling for a glimpse of the Nnabagereka. She waved to them now and then.
The Habinyanja (gorilla) family, which we were to track, was quite a distance from the starting point. We we would begin with a 40-minute drive through the villages, disembark at a certain spot and trek up and down a couple of hills for two hours before finding the much sought-after treasure.
When we got out of the vehicles to embark on the long trek, the smiles melted from the faces as it became clear this wasn't going to be easy. There was a big hill ahead, and we were informed that we hadn't seen anything yet.
The trudge uphill began in silence. We moved in single file, with the Nnabagereka at the head. When the initial shock of having to climb such huge hills finally wore off, people started throwing barbs here and there. Initially, the Nnabagereka mostly remained silent, only asking an occasional question. "Lillian, how many times have you done this?" she asked as I took pictures of her.
"This is my third time," I replied and gave a brief recount of my previous experiences. She didn't say much in response, so I don't know if she was impressed or not. The climb was getting tougher. We were panting and sweating. We had covered the first hour of tracking, which, by Bwindi standards, was quite easy since we were still outside the forest.
The story was different when we entered the forest. It was dark, the ground was soft and slippery, the trail was strewn with thick foliage, prickly plants were all over the place and everything was wet.
The Nnabagereka kept the atmosphere lively with interesting revelations, like when she announced that she had climbed Mt Everest.
"Oh!" "Ah!" "Really?" "Wow!" The other trackers were incredulous. "Yes, I did," she responded with a glint in her eyes. "In her dreams!" shouted minister Makubuya from the back, prompting bouts of laughter from the rest of us on realising she was only pulling our legs.
We had gone over the first and second hills, and were soon tackling the third. Everybody was exhausted. It was drizzling again and ever more people were slipping to the ground. Interestingly, only the Nnabagereka, who was ever so careful before taking a step, managed to stay on her feet.
When we finally found the gorillas, the Nnabagereka went silent. Other trackers rushed forward to watch and take pictures of the gorillas, but the Nnabagereka lingered at the back until I went and got her by the hand. But when one of the male gorillas, Biyindo, stood to his full height as he reached out for a tree branch, the Nnabagereka stopped in her tracks and stared in awe at the gorilla's massive size.
The gorillas ignored us, and easily went about their business of feeding and playing with their young, oblivious to the royal intrusion. Once in a while, they sat still and looked into our cameras as if posing for a photo. Tracking rules allow tourists to stay with the gorillas for just one hour, and during that time, the cameras never stop clicking. No wonder, these gentle giants appear to have learnt to pose for the camera. Chewing leaves, playing with their young, climbing trees, looking into the cameras, fighting, expressing love, we saw it all and it was simply unforgettable.
Mike Hutchinson, a journalist from South Africa, said he had never seen anything like that before. "They are so peaceful and yet very active!" he said in amazement. The Nnabagereka described it in the visitors' book as "an experience out of this world that I would love to repeat although not so soon."
"Next time I will be more prepared; I will do exercises for at least a month in advance," she said. She confessed that initially, she was scared of running into huge snakes. "But with time I was convinced there weren't any." Apollo Makubuya said he would gladly go back to Bwindi, although he wouldn't go gorilla tracking again. "I will busy myself at the hotel," he declared.
The gorilla tracking expedition lasted eight hours, and by the time we returned to the park headquarters to receive our certificates, we could hardly carry our legs. It had been tough, but terrific. The Bwindi communities are already asking us when the Nnabagereka will return. Well, we just have to keep our fingers crossed.
- Foreign tourists are charged 0 for a gorilla permit, while Ugandans are charged Ush100, 000 (about ) for a gorilla permit. This is meant to encourage Ugandans to visit the gorillas.
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has many hotels and camps offering accommodation at varying prices; from a 0 per night room to a Ush10, 000 per night room. Meals are also charged accordingly.
- There are supermarkets, souvenir shops, cultural centres, and a telecentre that was recently launched by Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH).
- The telecentre enables tourists to share their Bwindi experiences with loved ones while still in the jungle.
- Hot meals and barbeques can be organised, while all types of drinks are available in all the hotels.
- It takes between 8 and 10 hours to Bwindi from Kampala by road, and slightly over an hour by air.
For more information contact:
The Reservations Office
Uganda Wildlife Authority
Tel: 256-41-355000, 355403 or 355400
Nov 26, 2007
Author: Anthony Adornato, Colgate University
Working out of an office inside Colgate University's Ho Science Center, a group of students is having an impact on a community more than 7,000 miles away - in Uganda, Africa.
The undergraduates are part of a unique venture between Colgate and Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), an Africa-based nongovernmental organization focused on environmental conservation and public health in a remote region of Uganda.
Since the office at Colgate is CTPH's only North American location, the students play a critical role, said the organization's Founder and CEO, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka.
Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka, from Uganda, visited Colgate last week to recognize the efforts.
"We're very fortunate to have this relationship with Colgate. The students are responsive to our needs. They show a unique interest in helping the people and animals in Uganda, and because of that they're having a great impact in Africa," said Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka, as she toured the university.
During her visit, she met with Kyla Dzwilewksi '08, a student who's been looking over surveys conducted by CTPH in Uganda. Dzwilewski's analyzing data to determine how best to educate Ugandans about tuberculosis.
"This is a perfect way to have a real world impact. It's an honor to work with an organization such as CTPH and collaborate with the founder," said Dzwilewski.
The partnership grew out of a meeting in 2003 between geography professor Ellen Kraly and Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka.
"When Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka visited my medical geography class, I witnessed the receptivity of Colgate students to the mission and programs of CTPH. It was a magical moment," said Kraly.
Kraly was so intrigued by CTPH's mission that she visited the organization's main office in the southwest corner of Uganda.
She returned to Colgate with a desire to help the organization. Her vision is paying off as students and faculty build on this global partnership.
Last fall the Colgate environmental studies program contributed funds from a 0,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to help set up the CTPH office on campus.
Along with public affairs, grant writing and administrative assistance, students are conducting research specifically for CTPH. Geography students work with Kraly to identify the relationships between human disease and gorilla groups in Uganda.
Meantime, undergraduates are also working with biology professor Frank Frey to test gorilla samples for parasites and markers of infectious disease.
Dzwilewski hopes to take her work one step further by studying in Uganda during her spring semester.
"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to have an impact beyond the classroom. I look forward to observing how my work at Colgate is paying off for those who need assistance the most," she said.
Nov 20, 2009
Author: Felix Basiime, Daily Monitor
The Duke of Edinburgh has launched the Conservation Through Public Health Telecentre in Queen Elizabeth National Park at Kikorongo in Kasese District.
The centre was launched on Friday in the presence of State Minister for Tourism Sarapio Rukundo. The Duke, whose plane touched ground at Kasese airfield at 12:50pm under tight security, was quickly driven off to Kikorongo where he had lunch and launched the telecentre by sending the first official email.
After the launch, the Duke was driven to Mweya Safari. He was impressed by the work done at the refurbished centre which has been mainly funded by the British High Commission.
According to the head of the centre, Dr. Gladys Kalema Zikusoka, Founder and CEO, Conservation Through Public Health, the centre will offer ICT facilities, raise revenue from its coffee and crafts shops. He said the money will be used by the centre to promote public health and veterinary activities among the communities around the park.
"The Duke was very impressed by the centre and said he will sell the idea of the centre world wide for support," the Duke said. Residents lined the roads to welcome the Duke. "We are very happy for having hosted the Duke," said the LC5 chairman, Rev. Canon Julius Kithaghenda.
Nov 6, 2007
Author: Carol Natukunda & Kyomuhendo Muhanga, New Vision
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, yesterday opened a computerised information center in Kikorongo village, Kasese district.
The telecentre, constructed with the support of the British High Commission, will serve as the training facility in which the local people learn how to use computers and access information that can help them to improve their lives.
It is located about 16km from Kasese town, next to the Queen's Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Prince Philip, who had last visited Uganda in 1954, arrived at Kasese airfield at 1:00 pm aboard a private plane. He was received by the tourism minister, Serapio Rukundo and district officials.
Business came at a standstill, as thousands of people thronged the streets to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth's husband. They clapped and waved the British and Ugandan flags, as the duke headed to the national park.
"Finally, we can feel that this is CHOGM," a middle aged man remarked. "Now I can confirm that the park was named after the Queen, otherwise he wouldn't have come," another cut in.
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, the Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health, a local NGO that manages the centre in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, said the telecentre would enable the local people communicate with the outside world. "People can also use this chance to sell their craft to tourists, who will be coming to check their email here," Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka added.
At 2:30, the duke was driven to Mweya safari lodge, where he dined with some community leaders.
Apr 6, 2007
Microsoft and UNIDO Partner with CTPH to Bring Information Technology to Rural Businesses in Uganda.
Innovative IT access project gets underway following Memorandum of Understanding between UNIDO and Microsoft.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Microsoft's joint project to bring the benefits of ICT to rural communities was marked today with HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who sent the first official email from a new telecentre in Uganda, managed by Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH).
The telecentre partnership between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and CTPH, a local NGO in Queen Elizabeth National Park (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) will be the home for Project Silverback - an innovative experiment to provide access to e-mail and other digital services to rural small businesses and communities. Access to such services is far more difficult and expensive in rural areas, thereby hindering growth and development, and preventing people from realising the benefits offered by locally relevant ICT solutions.
Project Silverback will see trained CTPH staff and community volunteers visiting local villages with refurbished laptop PCs. Local business people and communities can then send and read emails, prepare documents and enjoy other ICT benefits. At the end of each day the laptops are returned to the telecentre where emails are sent, new emails received and batteries recharged. There is a small fee, similar to the fee charged to use an Internet caf?.
CTPH Founder and CEO, an Ashoka Fellow, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka says "we wanted to extend our services beyond the walls of the physical building, out into the local communities surrounding protected areas who cannot always get to the telecentre near the Equator but still need to benefit from this facility."
Project Silverback marks another example of the dynamic UNIDO - Microsoft partnership following the signing of an extension to their memorandum of understanding in June this year in Burkina Faso. It builds on work that has so far focused on reducing the cost of access to technology through the use of refurbished PCs and providing digital services in Uganda through District Business Information Centres.
Sean Nicholson, the Manager of Emerging Solutions and Refurbishment at Microsoft, says this work is part of Microsoft's commitment to reach 1 billion people through Unlimited Potential. "Success for Project Silverback is about using telelcentres as the hub for accessibility, refurbished PCs for affordability, and offering relevant services - all leading to sustainable growth in rural businesses and jobs," he says.
Barbara Kreissler, Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO says "Our District Business Information Centers, which are operational in eight districts throughout Uganda, have been successful in helping small businesses in semi-urban areas to use ICT for the development of entrepreneurial skills, access to relevant business information and linkages to markets. We are looking forward to extending this success to rural locations."
The UNIDO - Microsoft partnership provides refurbished laptops, software and help to develop business models, with CTPH contributing local staff and access to the telecentre. Funded by the British High Commission in Uganda, Barclays, the UWA, and USAID, the telecentre uses solar power and VSAT Internet to offer digital services that include web browsing, email, and office productivity tools. For ecotourists, the telecentre also serves Uganda's handcrafted coffees and sells crafts made by local groups.
Project Silverback will initially run for six months and then be reviewed with the aim of expanding it to another CTPH Telecentre in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - home of the endangered mountain gorillas. The project is unlike any other and presents its own unique challenges, as Lawrence Zikusoka, Founder and Director of ICT for CTPH explains: "One of the issues for CTPH is the risk from the lions in the park that may view a person with a laptop on a bicycle as something more than digital access!"
About the Conservation through Public Health (CTPH)
Conservation Through Public Health's (www.ctph.org) mission is to promote conservation and public health by improving primary health care to people and animals in and around protected areas in Africa.
Our vision is to prevent and control disease transmission where wildlife, people and their animals meet, while cultivating a winning attitude to conservation and public health in local communities. CTPH has three integrated programs that focus on Wildlife Health Monitoring, Human Public Health, and Information Education and Communication of which community telecentres area component.
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