Who is TIFO?
We are a 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.
Build local capacity in communities and governments to improve environmental health
Engage leadership to facilitate solutions that grow from the bottom up
Adapt scientifically-rigorous methods to meet local socio-economic and cultural needs