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.

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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.

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  • 21 Collaborating TB clinics
  • 210,573 Sputum samples screened since 2007
  • 5180 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.

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  • 8 Participating Health Units
  • 22,169 Sputum samples screened since January
  • 9 Accredited TB rats working
Piuss Mndolwa, Kinondoni Municipal Council

Piuss Mndolwa, Kinondoni Municipal Council

The best way to stop the spread of TB is to not only disseminate information on the symptoms and consequences of the disease but also come up with ways to detect patients more quickly and effectively.

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