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.
The Wild West Project:
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.
Description / Objective(s):
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).
Background / Issues:
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.
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.
Meet Rachel Bitarabeho
As the peer education officer for the Jane Goodall Institute-Uganda (JGI-UG), Rachel Bitarabeho is helping young women stay in school by overseeing the Institute’s peer-to-pee
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 on which they depend.
Sundance Channel and GREY GOOSE Entertainment® have announced the return of Iconoclasts for a fifth season that will include an episode with actress Charlize Theron and Dr. Goodall.
The critically-acclaimed program, described as “one of the best documentary series on television,” by USA Today, will feature iconic names in film, food, science and culture as part of the series’ fifth season. The first episode will debut on the Sundance Channel, Saturday, October 2nd at 9pm et/pt.
Young women in Uganda are 9 times more likely than young men to contract HIV, making it critical that they have access to information about HIV/AIDS and to reproductive health services.