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

What's happening at APOPO?

Deterring illegal trafficking of wildlife

| by Dr. Cindy Fast
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Clearing landmines from a crucial African wildlife corridor

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Another year of quality feeds for the HeroRATs

| by Micaela Bernardez Vidal
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HeroRAT Magawa receives award for life-saving bravery

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Antwerp Rotary Clubs support APOPO’s TB detection work in Tanzania

| by Dr. Lena Fiebig
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