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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...

Ziko HeroRAT training on the field

Ziko HeroRAT training on the field
Photo from Progress Report 'Landmine and Tuberculosis Detection Update' (view small | med | large | orig)

HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis

HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis
Local communities embrace the use of HeroRATS because they save human lives. Recently, the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Africa has endorsed this technology for replication in 11 countries in the region. With HeroRATS, African countries depend less on foreign expertise for detection tasks, gain training and employment, and reclaim their land and lives back. (view small | med | large | orig)

HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis

HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis
The concept is very simple: rats sniff a series of holes, under which human sputum samples are lined up for evaluation. They pinpoint the samples which contain TB bacteria. Their correct indications are rewarded with a food treat. Without requiring sophisticated instruments, this method is non invasive and can handle a high volume of samples, all very important factors in a pro-active screening approach. (view small | med | large | orig)

HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis

HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis
HeroRats detect the smell of the TB-bacilli in sputum samples. They discriminate positive samples by keeping their nose fixed in a sniffing hole above the sample. They are rewarded with mashed banana and peanuts. At this stage, TB detection rats are in a research phase. Proof of principle has been provided, and the tool is now in optimization for operational use. (view small | med | large | orig)

HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis

HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis
By means of a microscope, a lab technician can process a maximum of 20 samples per day. A HeroRAT can do 40 samples or more in only 7 minutes. This approach provides new potential for rapid screening of TB suspected patients. Once validated, HeroRATS could screen vulnerable populations in slums, refugee camps, etc. Suspected TB patients can then be referred to the existing public health services for confirmation and treatment. HeroRATS already find 5-10 patients weekly that microscopy missed. (view small | med | large | orig)
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