Health

JGI Celebrates World Health Day!

Today, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations and individuals around the globe in commemorating World Health Day.

JGI is committed to supporting a broad array of measures that ensure the health of local communities in areas where we work to protect chimpanzees and their habitat. By improving the health of these rural populations, we can significantly enhance their quality of life and enable them to become partners in conserving the natural resources upon which they depend.

Staff Spotlight: Grace Gobbo

For centuries, medicinal plants used by traditional healers have been at the heart of health care in Tanzania. Today, this is largely because most of the population cannot afford the high price of imported drugs. Sadly, indigenous medical knowledge and the forests where many medicinal plants are found are disappearing at an alarming rate.

JGI Celebrates 35th Anniversary!

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) turned 35!

JGI Hails Paradigm Shift in Chimpanzee Research―Calls for Transparency

After reviewing a report released last week by a committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which had been tasked by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to analyze the necessity of using chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) welcomed the committee’s conclusions and recommendations, noting that they represent a paradigm shift in how the United States approaches the use of one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom in invasive medical research.

 

Staff Spotlight: Dario Merlo, JGI-DRC

Dario Merlo is the project coordinator for the Jane Goodall Institute’s community-centered conservation program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC-CCC). The DRC-CCC program is a holistic approach to conservation. By improving health care, providing reproductive health services, and supporting local people to develop sustainable and more efficient agricultural and livestock practices, the program aims to build communities’ capacity for conservation.

 

Wild West Wildlife, Landscapes and Development for Conservation

Raising awareness about great apes in Uganda
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The Wild West Project is a collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to support biodiversity conservation and improve natural resource management in northern and western Uganda.

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Girls Peer-to-Peer Education

Equipping young women in Uganda to navigate life’s challenges
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JGI’s peer-to-peer education program equips young women in Uganda with information on topics including HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health.  JGI also provides training in life-planning skills designed to help girls successfully navigate the challenges of maturing into adulthood.  The girls then return to their schools and communities and share what they've learned with their peers who are often more comfortable receiving information from people of the same age group rather than adults.  

Kasugho Micro-Hydro Plant

Delivering critical, renewable electricity to remote communities in the DRC

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Thanks to the efforts of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and its partners, a micro-hydro power plant is delivering critical electricity to the Tayna Center for Conservation Biology (TCCB), a maternal and child health care center and other facilities in Kasugho (Lubero territory in North Kivu), in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

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Gombe-Masito-Ugalla Ecosystem

Restoring ecosystems and improving lives in western Tanzania
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The overarching goal of the Gombe-Masito-Ugalla (GMU) Program is to conserve biodiversity and protect and restore wildlife habitat in critical ecosystems in western Tanzania.

JGI Fights Measles Outbreak in Congo

In the Republic of Congo, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) recently assisted the Congolese Ministry of Health in its efforts to vaccinate local communities against a measles outbreak in the area surrounding the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve. The reserve serves as a protected area for wild chimpanzees and also contains JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC), the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa.

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Wounda's Journey

Watch her enjoy her new home at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo.

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Saving Chimps From Snares (Graphic Images)!

This is the story of Mugu Moja, a young juvenile chimpanzee.