HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis

by APOPO vzw
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Summary

APOPO's trained HeroRATs are saving lives and limbs, by using their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out unexploded landmines and tuberculosis.
$250,162
total raised
4,673
donors
0
monthly donors
8
years active

Challenge

APOPO addresses the need for cheap, reliable and locally manageable demining detection services and Tuberculosis screening by training and providing HeroRATs. APOPO’s HeroRATs are currently working in Mozambique to offer villagers safe return to their homesteads, access to vital farmland, and open doors for essential infrastructure. APOPO also partners with DOTS Centers to offer second-line TB screening to a population of 500,000 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Solution

HeroRATs are part of a Mine Action team in Mozambique and are working towards the goal of a mine impact free country. In Tanzania, HeroRATs find an average of 5-10 TB-positive patients each week that were missed by the hospitals.

Long-Term Impact

This project will allow families to return to their homes, reclaim and utilize their land, and live without fear of landmines. We will also screen the most vulnerable populations for TB, providing access to treatment and longer, healthier lives.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.apopo.org
APOPO
Nicholas Kristof - Dad Will Really Like This
HeroRATs on Facebook
Economist on YouTube

Organization Information

APOPO vzw

Location: Morogoro, Tanzania - Tanzania, United Republic of
Website: http:/​/​www.apopo.org
Project Leader:
Paul Delbar
Public Fundraising Manager
Sokoine University, Morogoro Tanzania, United Republic of

Funded Project!

Thanks to 4,673 donors like you, a total of $250,162 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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