HeroRAT Magawa awarded PDSA Gold Medal for lifesaving work

For over 20 years APOPO’s scent detection animals have been detecting landmines and tuberculosis. Learn more about our work and how you can help.

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The problem

Over 60 countries are contaminated with hidden landmines and other explosive remnants of war, that cause tragic accidents and hamper communities from developing their productive land.

Meanwhile, slow and inaccurate detection methods make tuberculosis the world’s most deadly infectious disease. 10 million new people contract TB every year, 3 million go undiagnosed, and 1.8 million die from the disease.

The solution

APOPO's scent detection animals, nicknamed 'HeroRATs' and 'HeroDOGs', help to rid the world of landmines and tuberculosis – returning safe land back to communities for development, and freeing people from serious illness so they can get back on their feet.

News and articles

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HeroRAT Magawa receives award for life-saving bravery

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HeroDOGs join the APOPO animal team

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Beating the odds to clear minefields

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The Peace Process Continues

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Solar-powered rat research

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