APOPO vzw

APOPO's mission is to develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive social change. APOPO's vision is to solve pressing humanitarian challenges with detection rats technology. Our core values are: Quality - Demonstrating and promoting high standards in research, design, training and implementation of detection rats technology. Social Transformation - Developing skills, creating jobs, improving socio-economic and environmental conditions, releasing land for development, and combating public health issues. Innovation - Pioneering creative research and innovative solutions within a participatory learning culture. Diversity - Embracing diversity...

TB detection rat at work

TB detection rat at work
HeroRATs sniff a series of 10 holes in a line cage, under which human sputum samples are placed for evaluation. When a rat detects TB, it indicates its presence by keeping its nose in the hole for 3s. (view small | med | large | orig)

A mine detection rat at work in Mozambique

A mine detection rat at work in Mozambique
A mine detection rat can search 200m2 in about 20 minutes. This would take someone with a metal detector 2-4 days. When a rat detects a landmine, it scratches on the soil. (view small | med | large | orig)

Future Heroes during socialisation

Future Heroes during socialisation
Training starts at the age of 4-5 weeks, with socialization. APOPO's trainers introduce the young rats to the sights, sounds, and textures of the human world (Ville Palonen) (view small | med | large | orig)

Clearing landmines so children can play safely

Clearing landmines so children can play safely
Photo from Progress Report 'Rats clear kids' playground of mines' (view small | med | large | orig)

A mine detection rat working in Angola

A mine detection rat working in Angola
Photo from Progress Report 'Rats clear kids' playground of mines' (view small | med | large | orig)

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