23 May Dr. Gladys becomes a National Geographic Explorer
We are greatly honored to let you know that Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) has been awarded a grant from National Geographic. National Geographic becomes another addition to our great supporters. They fund and support groundbreaking scientists, conservationists, educators and storytellers.
The grant came with double benefits as our Founder and CEO, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka has now become a National Geographic Explorer! According to National Geographic, National Geographic Explorers are a team of “bold people with transformative ideas in the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology”. This team is “infinitely curious about our planet, committed to understanding it, and passionate about helping make it better”.
The grant will help strengthen our programs in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is home to an estimated half of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Some of the threats include disease from closely related humans, deforestation and poaching of other wildlife living in the gorillas’ habitat including, duiker and bush pigs. The grant will enable us to address these threats through expanding our integrated gorilla and human health approach to a second parish in Mpungu Sub County around Bwindi. This includes expanding the tests conducted at the Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre and engaging more Village Health and Conservation teams (VHCTs) who take critical health services and conservation education to homes in all the villages within the parishes bordering the national park.
We would like to thank National Geographic for becoming part of us in a struggle to save the world’s remaining critically endangered 880 mountain gorillas.
Read more https://www.nationalgeographic.org/find-explorers/F287E6F6/gladys-rhoda-kalema-zikusoka