TerraGraphics International Foundation (TIFO)
TIFO is a Moscow-based 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization that works in low and middle-income countries to address environmental health crises. Our projects address health issues in mining and recycling communities who have inherited environmental disease exported from high-income nations. Our approach includes community engagement, employing local workers, adapting proven remedial protocols to the local context, and including responsible government and industry participation.
TIFO was founded to address the growing disparities in environmental health around the world. While high-income countries have been successful in reducing environmental disease through environmental, health, and occupational regulations, many polluting industries have moved to low-income countries, poisoning more people than ever before and causing millions of deaths each year.
TIFO's goals are to build local capacity in environmental health, engage leadership at the grassroots level, facilitate solutions that grow from the bottom up, and to adapt technologies to meet local socio-economic and cultural needs. Our organization includes an interdisciplinary network of experts in the fields of environmental health who all have dedicated their careers to improving living conditions in the world’s most vulnerable communities.