Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is one of the leading conservationists and scientists working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. As Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a nonprofit organization based in Uganda with a US Office in North Carolina, Dr. Gladys promotes conservation and public health by improving primary health care to both people and animals in protected areas in Africa with a vision to control transmission of disease where people, wildlife and livestock meet. Under siege by poachers, loss of habitat and warfare, Dr. Gladys has discovered another serious threat to these majestic creatures—transmission of human diseases to gorillas called “zoonotic transmission”—afflictions ranging from tuberculosis to scabies. Her mission is to improve African public health to save gorillas from human-born illnesses.