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My name is Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. I am a wildlife vet from Uganda working to save the mountain gorillas by improving the health of people.

CTPH to appear on PBS Frontline World Documentary on Nov 17

Posted on behalf of Lawrence, the Director of CTPH.

gladys in the field

Look out for a documentary prominently featuring Conservation Through Public Health’s work in communities around Bwindi, home to half of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. The story will be part of the FRONTLINE broadcast airing at 9pm EST Tuesday, November 17th on PBS stations in the US.

Please note that local times may vary, so viewers should check their local PBS broadcast schedule.   The story will also be available on the web on the evening of November 17th http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/.  It’s the first time they’ve paired a FRONTLINE with a FRONTLINE/World – so that should be interesting.

The longer FRONTLINE story is about Neda, the woman who was killed recently during the protests in Iran.

Our FRONTLINE/World story is 12 minutes long, and is called Uganda: Out of the Wild.

The link is also on www.ctph.org home page.

This is how the PBS has described this documentary.

Uganda: Out of the Wild
A story from the wilds of Uganda’s “Impenetrable Forest”—home to the world’s largest population of Mountain Gorillas, but also a hotbed for a number of deadly diseases that cross the species barrier from animals to humans.  Here, a new idea in public health called “One Health” is emerging to help combat threats like Ebola, Marburg virus, and TB.  Says wildlife veterinarian William Karesh: “What we learned over the years is that all the same diseases that we were dealing with in the wildlife were the same as what we were dealing with in people living in the surrounding areas, or in their animals. So when we say that there’s human health or livestock health or wildlife health, we just made that up.  There’s only one health.”