Richard is fighting to save the Endangered mountain gorilla, consisting of around one thousand individuals, by reducing the risk of human diseases spreading to them.
Richard and CTPH are able to travel to Bwindi to train park staff and gorilla guardians to learn how to conserve gorillas.
There are around 1000 mountain gorillas left in the world and they have been on the brink of extinction for years – mostly because of human-made threats. Zoonotic diseases like Covid-19 and tuberculosis, that spread between humans, livestock and wildlife threaten their health and survival. Climate change, habitat loss and poaching put their safety and homes at risk.
Richard is a Program Coordinator at Conservation Through Public Health.
CTPH improves the health of gorillas through regular monitoring of gorilla groups.
With the Community Health program, Richard and CTPH improve public health and prevent diseases from spreading. This is done through community initiatives educating on hygiene and sanitation. A third of the 25,000 rural homes they have visited have regular ‘interactions’ with the gorillas.
With the Alternative Livelihoods programs, Richard and CTPH improve the economic statuses in rural areas to prevent unsustainable use of the land and forest resources that can harm the gorillas.
CTPH buys coffee from farmers in exchange for them pledging to protect the gorillas and their habitats by producing sustainably. Before, the farmers turned to the forest for resources because of a lack of income.
Contributed to the increasing population of mountain gorillas from 800 individuals to over 1000.
Trained 70 Conservation Community Animal Health Workers in animal and human disease issues and human-wildlife conflict solutions.
Created 444 Village Health and Conservation Team community volunteer networks, working to improve the health of people and animals, and their conservation attitudes.
Changed community behavior and attitudes towards wildlife conservation in more than 25,000 rural homes through home visits focused on family planning, hygiene and infectious diseases.
Is working with 500 farmers and buying their coffee at a premium price. The farmers are stakeholders in the company and the coffee is distributed by over 60 outlets worldwide.
Richard and CTPH are on a mission to promote biodiversity conservation by enabling people, gorillas and livestock to coexist through improving their health and livelihoods in and around Africa’s protected areas.