Promoting One Health to Protect Endangered Gorillas

A discussion with our FIRST official Global Partner

One of Population Connection’s first partners was Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH). Based in Uganda, CTPH is an award-winning gorilla and wildlife conservation leader. The organization’s vital mission is to focus on the health and interspecies relationships of wildlife, humans, and livestock in and around East Africa’s protected areas.

To mark this year’s Earth Day, we were joined by CTPH’s Founder and Executive Director Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Dr. Gladys also sits on Population Connection’s Board of Directors and has won innumerable awards for her work, including a United Nations Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation (2021), and a Uganda Veterinary Association World Veterinary Day Award (2020).

Learn more about our partnership with CTPH here!

Date: April 19th, 2023



Promoting One Health to Protect Endangered Gorillas – Presented by Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is the Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health, an award-winning NGO that uses a One Health approach to protect endangered mountain gorillas and other wildlife. She established Uganda Wildlife Authority’s first veterinary department and founded CTPH in 2003 after researching diseases at the human/wildlife/livestock interface. In 2015, she founded Gorilla Conservation Coffee to support farmers living around gorilla habitats.

Dr. Gladys has won numerous awards through CTPH and Gorilla Conservation Coffee, including the 2017 President of Uganda’s Golden Jubilee Award and the 2021 UNEP Champions of the Earth Award in Science and Innovation. She is also an author and sits on several boards, including the WHO SAGO and the International Livestock Research Institute One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre in Africa. Dr. Gladys is the winner of the 2022 Edinburgh Medal for her work in Planetary Health and the 2022 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, and she is a finalist for the 2023 Indianapolis Prize.

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