Gorilla Conservation Employee Health Program
To reduce the risk of disease transmission between people and gorillas, Gorilla Doctors facilitates annual health screenings and follow-up care for those who come in contact with the gorillas the most—the people who work in the national parks. Each year, hundreds of rangers, trackers, researchers, and others who work in the parks participate in our Gorilla Conservation Employee Health Program (GCEHP). We currently offer this program for people working in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks in DRC; and for the staff of the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation working in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Thanks to the GCEHP, many of these conservation employees have access to care that would otherwise be too expensive or too difficult to arrange individually. Gorilla Doctors’ GCEHP Manager, Jean Paul Lukusa administers this program in conjunction with local hospitals, which provide the necessary facilities and medical staff.
Through this program, conservation employees
In 2011, nearly 300 conservation workers participated in the full health screening program and more than 2,000 family members were able to take advantage our de-worming and health education programs. All of the funding for the GCEHP is provided by the Houston Zoo and the Arcus Foundation.