Despite being so isolated, the future and fate of the Lake Tanganyika Basin could not be more connected to the rest of the world. Rich in natural resources, like oil and minerals, and a place of enormous environmental importance because it contains one fifth of the world’s fresh water, the lake exists at the nexus of several global struggles and is increasingly attracting the attention of outside interests ranging from multi-national energy and mining corporations to global powers. The lake region is home to millions of indigenous and displaced poor, spread across four countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Burundi and Zambia.
Recognizing the complexity of the region, the organization has mobilized itself to engage on policy, legislation and technologies that promote effective development, transparency and ensure the safety of Lake Tanganyika’s populations.
We are bringing new ways of working, new thinking and new energy to one of the most neglected, yet important places on Earth. Watch footage of our efforts here >>
- LTFHC Study Published in Malaria Journal
Last year, the LTFHC conducted a small, randomized survey on mosquito bed net misuse on the Tanzanian side of the lake. What we found was disturbing: 87% of respondents reported using a bed net to fish. We are pleased to announce that our findings were recently published in Malaria Journal.
This hypothesis-generating study has made it clear that more research is necessary. In 2015, we plan to conduct a larger follow up study, as well as test alternative tools for vector control. We look forward to learning more about how best to protect the people living in the Lake Tanganyika Basin (and other water based communities) from malaria and food insecurity, while maintaining the lake’s unique biodiversity.
Read the article in Malaria Journal here >>