Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka Receives the Edinburgh Medal 2022

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Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Photo by Jo Anne McArthur

Greetings from Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) and welcome to our latest newsletter!

We are delighted to share with you that our Founder and CEO, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, is the winner of the 2022 Edinburgh Medal! The Edinburgh Medal is given to men and women in the science and technology fields whose professional achievements have made a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity.

Dr. Gladys is being awarded this medal for her work through Conservation Through Public Health and Gorilla Conservation Coffee to improve the quality of life of people and wildlife by enabling them to coexist in and around protected areas in Africa. Previous winners of the Edinburgh Medal include renowned conservationists Dr. Jane Goodall, Prof Wangari Maathai and Sir David Attenborough.

This year the very worthy recipient, Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, is being recognised for her pioneering work in community-led wildlife conservation and raising awareness of how human health and the health of the natural world are inextricably linked. Throughout her career, Dr Kalema-Zikusoka has worked to improve the quality of life of people and wildlife to help them coexist, advocating for integrated approaches that balance human needs with conservation concerns. Her work is vital and I’m delighted she is our recipient this year. Congratulations GladysEdinburgh’s Lord Provost Frank Ross

Book your ticket here to join Dr. Gladys for the Medal Address on 20th April at the City Chambers to hear about our work in improving wildlife health together with community health and wellbeing to conserve mountain gorillas and other wildlife in protected areas.

In the lead up to her Edinburgh Medal address, please tune into BBC Radio Scotland this Easter Sunday at 10 am East African Time/8 am British Standard Time to listen to Dr. Gladys talk about our integrated “One Health” approach to wildlife and human health and its impact on biodiversity conservation and climate action. Listen in at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0016j2z 

Please read this recent article in the Scotsman about Dr. Gladys being a recipient of the Edinburgh Medal https://bit.ly/3xw1h9h

Congratulations Dr. Gladys!


During the month of March 2022, our team delivered various dry food rations to Uganda Wildlife Authority at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarters in Buhoma.

The food rations support the rangers in the critical work they do to protect mountain gorillas and other wildlife of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, particularly during this time of reduced tourism revenue amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it challenging for the Uganda Wildlife Authority to maintain the supply of food rations for rangers.

This was made possible with funding from Tusk through the Wildlife Ranger Challenge in which Conservation Through Public Health and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park rangers participated last year. The Wildlife Ranger Challenge is a fundraising initiative organized by Tusk, to support rangers from across Africa’s protected areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTPH team delivering food rations to Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers at Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

In addition to the food rations, our team also delivered ten non-contact handwashing facilities to Uganda Wildlife Authority at Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

With support from Tusk, the handwashing facilities were donated to Uganda Wildlife Authority under the CTPH project “promoting gorilla conservation through expanding health and livelihood benefits at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park“.

Under the same project, CTPH will donate ten GPS devices and three mobile toilets for use by rangers in the field to support their patrols and surveillance to protect Bwindi’s Forest, mountain gorillas and other wildlife. CTPH will also train 200 conservation and tourism personnel on IUCN recommended Great Ape viewing guidelines and infectious disease prevention measures, focusing on rangers and people not previously engaged, including porters.

The handwashing facilities being handed over to Uganda Wildlife Authority at Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

We would like to thank Tusk for their continued support in conserving the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.


We are excited to share with you, recordings from recent live sessions during which Dr. Gladys was hosted.

#360 Mentor Twitter Space, hosted by Robert Kabushenga. In this session, Dr. Gladys talks about her life experiences and lessons in her career. Listen here.

What Does the Giraffe Say Media live session hosted by Kathleen Retourne. Watch the session and hear Dr. Gladys talk about the work of CTPH and Gorilla Conservation Coffee in conserving mountain gorillas, supporting local communities and more. Watch here https://youtu.be/olAZTZwayR8

Our Global Giving Campaigns ‘Urgent Action to curb C0VID-19 to people and Gorillas’ and ‘The Gorilla of Bwindi, Uganda‘ are still running and we need your support to reach our goals. A donation from you enables us to sustain our work in keeping the endangered mountain gorillas safe and healthy, and supporting the improved health and wellbeing of community members around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.

Thank you very much for your continued support! Enjoy the Easter holiday!

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