For centuries, medicinal plants used by traditional healers have been at the heart of health care in Tanzania, where most of the population can’t afford the high price of imported drugs. But today, both the rainforest where many of the plants are found and indigenous medical knowledge are disappearing.
Women who have dedicated their lives to protecting chimpanzees are known to be forces of nature, and Debby Cox is no exception. Founder of the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda, she has fought tirelessly for chimpanzees for more than 20 years. Her achievements were recognized this week when she was honored as a Member of the Order of Australia for her efforts to benefit and preserve chimpanzees.
In many chimpanzee range areas, people do not know that chimpanzees are endangered and protected by law. This makes awareness efforts a critical part of conservation. Only when local communities understand chimpanzees’ precarious state, similarities to us, value to local economies and role within ecosystems will they work for chimpanzee survival.
The support of the US Agency for International Development is critical to our work in western Tanzania and other parts of Africa.
A new JGI success story on the USAID/Tanzania website highlights
a mobile HIV/AIDS testing initiative in the Kigoma region that provides instant results and offers counseling and education.
Click here to read Villagers Flock to Mobile HIV Testing
A new micro-hydro power plant is delivering critical electricity to a school of conservation biology, a maternal and child health care center and other facilities in Kasugho, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thanks to the efforts of JGI and its partners.
The new facility brings power to a rural village far from the national power grid and is transforming the lives of 16,000 people.
The Jane Goodall Institute's recent dinner in honor of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete provided an opportunity for governmental representatives, policymakers, NGOs and others to discuss the economic and environmental future of Tanzania.
One of the world's poorest countries, Tanzania, boasts unparalleled natural beauty and an awe-inspiring diversity of wildlife. How to exploit Tanzania's unique assets and manage a burgeoning ecotourism industry while protecting its precious natural resources and ensuring that local communities benefit in meaningful ways?