Who is TIFO?
We are an interdisciplinary team of scientists who apply environmental cleanup and health intervention methodologies developed in US mining districts to hazardous sites in low and middle-income countries. These include artisanal mining and recycling sites, industrial operations, and legacy sites.
Our work addresses environmental health issues in low-income countries who have inherited environmental disease exported from high-income nations. The struggles to achieve healthy communities are real; our cleanup model includes community engagement; training and employing local workers; adapting proven interventions to local socio-economic realities; securing diverse funding for activities; and including responsible government and industry contributions that are sustainable and attentive to the underlying poverty that facilitated the original polluting activities. We focus on multiple impact areas related to environmental health issues.
We believe all people have the right to live and work in a healthy environment
Working with communities to improve environmental health
A world where all communities have the knowledge and skills to protect future generations and maintain livelihoods
The foundations of our work are built on uncompromised scientific expertise
The development and implementation of programs must be locally-driven and sustained, with transdisciplinary collaborations rooted in mutual respect
We value an environmentally just world where there is equitable access to a safe environment
Build capacity in communities and governments to improve environmental health
Collaborate with leadership to facilitate sustainable, locally-driven solutions
Adapt scientifically-rigorous methods to meet local socio-economic realities