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.

Key figures

  • 19 Collaborating TB clinics
  • 226,931 Sputum samples screened since 2007
  • 5594 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
Georgie Mpangala, Lab Manager, Kinondoni Municipal Council

Georgie Mpangala, Lab Manager, Kinondoni Municipal Council

I was very excited and curious to first hear that rats can detect TB. I used to double-check their indications in my lab and realized that the results were perfect.

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