Background and History

About Us is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing the rigors of scientific inquiry to the challenges of human-animal-environment health and well-being in resource-limited settings.

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Background and History

Bush-to-Base Solutions (Bush2Base, B2B) is a 501(c)(3) organization established as an international NGO in January 2011 by Dr. Teresa J. Sylvina, a scholar and researcher who has spent years in Africa, taught at Virginia Tech, Tufts, and been on staff at MIT and the Salk Institute.

B2B’s mission is to bring the rigors of scientific inquiry to bear on the challenges of animal, human and environmental health and well-being in resource-limited settings. Our vision is to innovate new models and methodologies to strengthen host country capacities for sustainable change in the most impoverished and remote areas of Africa.

Our successes have been the result of extraordinary interdisciplinary teams and a considerable transnational network that links individual researchers at Universities, with governmental and non-governmental organizations for collaborations and engagement. B2B recognizes the challenges associated with the translation of scientific results into meaningful solutions that can be put into regular practice.

B2B’s purpose and work has been the conservation of chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains in western Tanzania. Our operational and tactical planning and resource allocations are based on our strategic priorities, which are:

  1. Conducting translational research: the relationship between basic research to inform conservation practices, and implementation research to share the knowledge gained and provide mitigation methods to those at the human-chimpanzee interface
  2. Developing and piloting sustainable approaches to chimpanzee health with emphasis on disease threat-reduction in human-chimpanzee contact groups
  3. Designing and installing sustainability measures for human-to-chimpanzee infectious disease prevention and intervention to guide governance and influence policy
  4. Implementing a disease-reduction model with in-country partners for scaling up grassroots involvement through supportive supervision and in-country mentoring