A Healthy Environment for People and Gorillas
Providing local communities in Rwanda and Congo with health programs, medicines, clean water, and health education is good for people and gorillas.
We work to protect gorillas in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in a landscape that includes some of the most densely populated areas in Africa. The parks where gorillas are protected are surrounded by communities of people whose poverty and poor health create threats to them and to the animals and the overall ecosystem shared by people and gorillas.
Our Ecosystem Health Program
Our community health programs seek to create a healthy environment for both people and gorillas by working with local communities to develop access to health care and clean water, and providing education about disease prevention and the significance of endangered species. This also helps create community support that is essential to successful conservation efforts. Our Ecosystem Health Program began in 1998 and has included intestinal parasite treatment, hygiene education, clean water access, rehabilitation of rural health clinics, and education programs.