Born in December 2012 in Morogoro, Tanzania, Hamisi is a young, energetic rat that is being trained to detect tuberculosis. HeroRats like Hamisi have saved over 2,900 lives by correctly identifying tuberculosis positive patients that were originally missed by microscopy in local hospitals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hamisi is full of energy and loves banana treats as a positive reward for his good work. His hobbies include grooming, tunneling, and the Friday Feast we give him and his friends.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Tanzania, tuberculosis (TB) is the third major cause of death after malaria and HIV/AIDS. The lack of a fast, efficient and simple TB diagnostic method is one of the main reasons for the fast spread of tuberculosis. APOPO is working towards eradicating TB in Sub-Saharan Africa by training locally available rats, such as Hamisi, to evaluate sputum samples more swiftly and efficiently.
How will this project solve this problem?
Hamisi will be fully trained in about five months after a rigorous training, and then will be able to evaluate (sniff) more samples in ten minutes than one lab technician can evaluate in one day. Hamisi will screen hundreds of patients every month from sputum samples collected at TB clinics in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As a result, many TB patients who were first diagnosed as negative by hospitals, would then be identified as positive and can be treated, curbing the spread of TB.
Potential Long Term Impact
By creating local employment and encouraging development, APOPO provides a cost-effective solution to global humanitarian challenges. The work of our trained rats through fast, effective TB diagnosis means thousands of patients can access treatment sooner, reducing the spread of the deadly virus and limiting the impact on the patient's family and the wider community.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,052
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $6,052 . The original project funding goal was $6,000.
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