Morogoro research center

It takes about 9 months to fully train a Tuberculosis detection rat. Once it is trained, it can screen thousands of patients every month. The research and development in this novel diagnostic approach seeks to curb the spread of this deadly disease.

Key figures

Dar es Salaam

APOPO's Tuberculosis detection rats screen yearly tens of thousands of sputum samples collected from TB clinics in Dar es Salaam. As a result, many TB patients which were first diagnosed as negative are now identified and can be cured.

Key figures

  • 19 Collaborating TB clinics
  • 221,262 Sputum samples screened since 2007
  • 5424 Additional TB patients identified by rats

Maputo TB screening

Tuberculosis was declared a national emergency in Mozambique in March 2006 and is one of the focus programs of the country’s Ministry of Health. APOPO’s TB detection operations in Maputo will help identify the maximum number of TB patients in the shortest possible time, to support the Mozambican National TB Control Program which identifies as priorities the improvement of diagnosis and treatment success rates.

Key figures

  • 8 Participating Health Units
  • 27,061 Sputum samples screened since January
  • 9 Accredited TB rats working
Edson Manhica, HeroRAT Trainer

Edson Manhica, HeroRAT Trainer

We are going back to help Mozambique. We had the best trainers in Tanzania who prepared us to kick TB out of our country, and stop it from spreading further.

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