APOPO is a Tanzania based social enterprise that researches, develops and trains rats to clear landmines from post-conflict areas and improve tuberculosis detection in developing countries.
Two of APOPO’s mine detection rats, working with two human handlers, can cover 300 square meters of land in one hour. In comparison, two manual de-miners using metal detectors will need two full days to cover the same area.
Trained Detection Rats can also quickly and accurately sniff out tuberculosis in human sputum samples, evaluating 40 sputum samples in just seven minutes, equal to what a skilled lab technician will do in 7 hours.
APOPO currently employs over 400 local staff in Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Thailand and Cambodia with over 200 rats in various stages of breeding, detection training, research or operations.
Since 2012, the Only the Brave Foundation has invested in the training of 84 Detection Rats for Mine Action work and for Tuberculosis Detection projects in Tanzania, Mozambique and Angola.
Official website: www.apopo.org
- 11,5 million square meters of land RETURNED TO POPULATION IN TANZANIA, MOZAMBIQUE AND ANGOLA
- 40 SPUTUM SAMPLES EVALUATED BY DETECTION RATS IN JUST 7 MINUTES
- 84 ACCREDITED RATS DEMINING THREE STATES IN AFRICA
- 400+ people employed by Apopo
- 300 SQUARE METERS OF LAND CAN BE CLEARED IN 1 HOUR WITH APOPO’S MINE DETECTION RATS
- 45,000 LANDMINES FOUND AND DESTROYED UNTIL NOW