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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Join our HeroRATs and HeroDOGs in their life-saving adventures as they use their extraordinary sense of smell to sniff out deadly problems.

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.

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Mine Awareness DAY 2021

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The Clock is ticking – it is time to End TB!

| by Dr. Lena Fiebig
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APOPO presents at 15th TB Research Advisory Council Conference

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Improving tuberculosis & HIV screening in Ethiopian prisons

| by Dr. Negussie Beyene
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High-level visit for APOPO from Tanzania Chief Medical Officer

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