CTPH Bwindi Field Office Manager, Alex Ngabirano wins the Disney Conservation Hero Award 2020

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Alex Ngabirano. Photo by Marcel Seehuber

We are thrilled to let you know that our Bwindi Field Office Manager, Alex Ngabirano, has been recognized as the Disney Conservation Hero for 2020.


Alex is a native of the Bwindi community and has worked with CTPH since 2005. He has skillfully and effectively coordinated 270 Village Health and Conservation Teams (VHCTs) community volunteers at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; supporting them to strengthen community-based health and family planning and conducting conservation education campaigns on the links between conservation, disease, family planning, livelihoods and ecotourism. He has engaged eight primary schools in frontline parishes around Bwindi through the  Bwindi Impenetrable Kids League.

He has enabled CTPH to work closely  with Uganda Wildlife Authority to strengthen the Gorilla Guardians (HUGO – Human and Gorilla Conflict Resolution Teams) and Reformed Poachers.


Alex Ngabirano going through the VHCT data collection log book with community volunteer, Hope Matsiko, March 2019

Each year, the Disney Conservation Fund recognizes passionate individuals and teams who are working to save animals and engage their communities in conservation solutions

Alex Ngabirano educating the Bwindi local community - photos by Charles Capel

Please see Alex’s appreciation message below.

On behalf of the Conservation Through Public Health’s team and on my own behalf, l would like to take this opportunity to humbly thank you all for this wonderful support rendered to and equally to the entire global communities whose work touches nature to conserve wildlife with the mandate that inspire action to protect the planet.

This award enables me to continue serving my communities sensitizing them about the gorilla and other wildlife conservation I extend my personal gratitude to CTPH team and particularly to Dr.Gladys Kalema Zikusoka the CEO, who mentored me to this level and indeed nominated me to obtain this memorable conservation heroes award for my life.

Thank you very much for all your support.”

We are really pleased that Alex is taking all the experience he gained at CTPH and continuing to apply it to protect the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National  Park (BINP) and support his fellow community members  to do the same.

We bid farewell to Alex at the end of September after 15 years of exemplary service at CTPH,  where he has gone on to work full time in the organization he founded called Bwindi Development Network.

We continue to work very closely with Alex and look forward to continued collaboration as we work together to support community members to live in harmony with the wildlife with which they share a habitat.

We hope that you will enjoy this video featuring Alex Ngabirano that was generously created by New Course when we hosted them at Bwindi in 2018 to help us engage women more effectively in conservation.

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