APOPO is an award winning, non-profit International NGO that has developed an innovative method deploying African giant pouched rats, nicknamed “HeroRATs”, to detect landmines and tuberculosis using their extraordinary sense of smell. APOPO’s headquarters, training and research center is based in Morogoro, Tanzania and the HeroRATs detect tuberculosis in Tanzania, Mozambique, and soon Ethiopia.
The mine detection HeroRATs also help clear hidden landmines and explosives in Angola, Mozambique and Cambodia and will soon begin operations in Zimbabwe.
To date the APOPO HeroRATs have identified over 11,000 TB-positive patients missed by clinics in Tanzania and Mozambique. This has potentially halted over 81,000 further infections, and increased clinic detection rates by over 40%.
The HeroRATs have also helped to clear over 21 million m2 of landmine contaminated land, and destroyed over 105,000 landmines and bombs in 6 countries, helping over 900,000 people reclaim their land and economic livelihoods.