Welcome to The Tulsi Foundation!
The Tulsi Foundation is excited to launch our new website and to share stories and updates from the field! Frontline staff and conservationists in wildlife reserves and remote areas work in incredibly difficult conditions with very few resources. We work with NGO as well the forest departments to provide state of the art training and workshops help to prepare rangers and other conservation staff to handle a variety of health and safety incidents that they may encounter.
During the last three years, we have trained a total of 1,100 rangers, in 14 tiger reserves across three states in Central India in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) who are our key partners in the Indian landscape. We have also conducted 241 health screenings for rangers throughout the Western Ghats.
Currently we are the only dedicated NGO that is focusing exclusively on the health of frontline staff within the Indian landscape. It is our belief that health has a central role in conservation efforts and recent reports have found that India has the highest death toll for rangers killed in the field.
“We Protect the Protectors”
In order to achieve this rangers completed a questionnaire study in collaboration with the University of Warwick Medical School that looked at their views relating to health and safety; animal attacks, snake bites and stings, automobile accidents, poacher encounters, illnesses and diseases such as malaria, minor injuries, location of the nearest clinic, and availability of first aid kits. It also assessed the confidence level of the individuals for handling these different situations. This data will be used to develop a better understanding of the health needs of frontline staff so that efforts can be initiated to mitigate these issues. We will be sharing the results of our 1000 voices from the field soon.
Our previous work includes trauma training to conservation staff for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and Panthera. We also provided Panthera’s tiger team with training and 24/7 emergency service advice for their remote field teams.
Our long-term goal is to build capacity within remote conservation areas by improving the access to better health care for frontline staff. We re also exploring training dedicated forest guards in order to allow them to function as first responders in case of medical emergency. They would provide backup for wildlife vets in the event of human-wildlife conflict emergencies and can provide health outreach initiatives to local communities.
We are open for opportunities working with other NGOs and conservation field personnel to provide bespoke health solutions to field teams in other locations.