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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 d...
Feb 24, 2017

Seeds of Change

Abdalla Watering the Seeds
Abdalla Watering the Seeds

Thanks to your support, we are delighted to announce that 60 farmers are now enrolled in the programme!

These farmers works in the Uluguru mountains in two wards, namely Mlimani and Magadu, which are the catchments of Morogoro River

Seeds of Change

An outstanding 1842 seedlings were planted in the year 2016.  Between January 2017 and April 2017, we planned to transplant more than 6000 seedlings. However, as we experienced a long dry spell, the planting of these seedlings is to start next week as the long rains have just began. This will go hand in hand with grafting of Mangoes and Avocado seedlings.

Currently, we have 3 nurseries with about 12,000 seedlings in Tulo, and Ruvuma street (in Mlimani wards) and  Mghambazi  Streets (In Magadu ward)

Education - The Root of Success

The education side of the project is progressing well. The training largely follows the activity cycle. Next week we plan to have training on vegetative propagation by grafting/ Budding. The grafted seedlings will be transplanted during onset of the autumn rains this year. The education they receive  is vital as it improves their techniques in tree management.

Impact on the Environment and Communities

The project benefits the community living in the mountains as it provides tree species (fruits and other forest trees) that will be a good source of nutrition and income for the households.

In the long run it's expected that the carbon offsetting project will have marked effect on improved water quality and quantity for the Morogoro town and beyond.

“As This project has come to help us protect the environment, at last it will help to build relations with the government that  wanted us to leave because of the effects  we used to have to the environment, thanks SAT and APOPO for providing us the opportunity to become friends of the Environment”-

Pius, Farmer.

Thank you for your support!

The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance to indigenous village communities, the cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Furthermore, the project area is of vital importance to for Morogoro city's water supply.

On behalf of the communities involved, please keep supporting this vital work.

 

Group pciture
Group pciture
Kibuana working
Kibuana working
Abdalla Working
Abdalla Working

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Feb 2, 2017

HeroRATs Saving Lives

Claudi Feeling Better
Claudi Feeling Better

HeroRAT TB Detection Facility OPEN

We are thrilled to announce that the HeroRAT TB Detection Facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is now open!  The new facility will now deliver APOPO results within 24 hours so patients get them when they return to clinic for their standard results, vastly increasing the number of people getting on treatment.  

There are 10 TB-detecting HeroRATs working at the lab alongside 12 staff made up of rat handlers and lab technicians.

TB kills more people than any other infectious disease

Despite being curable and preventable, tuberculosis is a deadly infection of the lungs that kills about 1.8 million every year, including 400,000 among people with HIV. Over 30% of all estimated TB cases are not detected or treated properly.

Enter the HeroRATs

APOPO offers fast innovative TB diagnostics in the form of African giant pouched rats, nicknamed HeroRATs. The HeroRATs can check an incredible 100 samples in around 20 minutes. This would take a lab technician in a public clinic up to four days. Since 2007 the APOPO HeroRATs have helped increase clinic detection rates by over 40%. In the past, due to APOPO’s distance from Dar es Salaam, patients often dropped out of the system before the APOPO results could be delivered, and missed out on life saving TB treatment.

APOPO inactivates the incoming samples using heat treatment in an autoclave. This ensures that the sputum is not contagious for the trainers and the rats.

APOPO HeroRATs Saved My Life

Claudi is six years old. Last year he was very sick and the local clinic did not know why until APOPO HeroRATs detected his illness as TB. They saved his life.

Claudi lives with his parents and 6 brothers and sisters in 3 tiny rooms in a little house in Dar Es Salaam. Last year both his parents and one of his sisters became very ill. They were all diagnosed with Tuberculosis. Then he started coughing and had a high fever. He also began feeling very tired. His parents took him to the hospital for a TB test but it was negative. Everyone was very worried but nobody knew what the problem was.

“My mom got a call from a lady called Lulu who told her that I was TB positive. She said that APOPO’s HeroRATs had retested my sample! We were very surprised. We thought rats were dirty and they stole our food. But thanks to the APOPO HeroRATs I could finally start treatment for TB.”

Claudi is feeling much better now and has found a new fondness for rats.

You're Awesome

By donating to APOPO, you have done a wonderful thing and helped to save the life of people like Claudi.

About 9 million people are diagnosed with TB every year. The HeroRATs and APOPO are continuing to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world overcome this disease, but we can't do this without your continued support.

Thank you from us all.

To see how HeroRATs detect TB, please watch our video here: How HeroRATs Detect TB

Claudi with his family
Claudi with his family
Claudi back at school
Claudi back at school
HeroRAT and trainer
HeroRAT and trainer
Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony

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Nov 29, 2016

Boom - 80 Tons Destroyed!

Many Items Found
Many Items Found

Location: Maputo, Mozambique

Items Destroyed: 39,000 items of UXO

Weight: 80 Tons

Returned Land to Local Communities: 11,463,861 square meters

Since late 2015, APOPO has been carrying out controlled bulk demolitions as an integral part of its unexploded ordnance (UXO) and ammunitions clearance in the Malhazine Complex in Maputo, Mozambique. APOPO has safely executed 17 bulk demolitions destroying 80 tons.

Mozambique's Mine History

Mozambique’s landmine problem was once one of the most severe in the world, with a legacy of landmines and explosive remnants of war from decades of conflict. Tens of thousands of landmines were laid in the country during its 1964-1975 fight for independence and throughout the civil war that followed.

Living in Fear - Sam’s Story

Sam is a farmer and community leader in Mozambique whose community has been terrorised by hidden land-mines left over from the war 30 years ago. He told us about his experience of living in fear:

“My family lives near pylons that were mined in the civil war to protect them from sabotage. My friend was killed trying to retrieve his cow from the mined field. Sometimes we had to take risks and farm the land or cross it for a shortcut.  I found my children playing there.

Then APOPO arrived to clear the fields. They used machines, manual deminers and mine detection rats. At some pylons, they found no mines, at others there were many. 

The pylons were protected by ‘terror’ - a terror my children have lived with all their lives and that somewhere APOPO is reducing every day.  Our land is once again ours to farm and our children are safe.” 

 Dangerous Work

Some items are highly degraded and fused making them quite dangerous and unstable while others are un-fused and appear in relatively good condition. APOPO is on an on-going basis organizing and preparing these items for safe destruction. Due to the trauma the local community suffered during the two main explosions in 1985 and 2007, APOPO is not permitted to make in situ demolitions, as it would result in mass panic in the densely populated areas directly around Malhazine. For this reason, APOPO makes the demolitions at the designated Central Demolition Site (CDS), in Moamba about 70km from APOPO's operations in Malhazine.

Future Operations

At this time, APOPO is actively fundraising to resume ammunitions clearance operations in 2017. APOPO has been tasked by the IND & CIPEM to clear two additional areas in the Malhazine Complex, and hopes to soon have sufficient funding confirmed to begin working on the new tasks in January.

 Thank you for your support. We are very appreciative.

Sam Mucavelli - Farmer and Community Leader
Sam Mucavelli - Farmer and Community Leader
Free from Fear
Free from Fear
HeroRATs Sniffing Out Mines
HeroRATs Sniffing Out Mines

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