About Chewa

Name:

Chewa (CHEH – WAH)

Sex:

Male

Date of birth:

16 September 2012

Job title:

Tuberculosis Detection Rat

Birthplace:

Morogoro, Tanzania

Current Location:

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Length:

78cm

Weight:

1.36kg

Favourite food:

Banana

Personality:

Hard worker and very active


Top 5 facts

  1. Tuberculosis ranks as the world’s leading cause of death from an infectious disease, claiming 1.7 million lives worldwide every year
  2. For every additional patient placed on TB treatment, HeroRATs like Chewa potentially help halt the spread of TB to up to 15 other people per year
  3. A TB detection rat can check 100 sputum samples for TB in as little as 20 minutes. This would typically take a lab technician up to 4 days using conventional microscopy. Any suspect samples are then re-checked using WHO endorsed confirmation tests.
  4. Chewa and the HeroRATs have helped raise detection rates in our partner public clinics by 40%
  5. In Sub-Saharan Africa, half of the TB patients remain undiagnosed or untreated and globally this number is as high as 4.1 million. These ‘missed’ TB positive patients usually include the most vulnerable and those without proper access to care.

 

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Chewa in the media

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Chewa’s Impact last month

TB Samples Sniffed

2,072

Accuracy (Known Samples)

85.7%

Additional Samples Indicated

36

Adoption packages for Chewa

Select the package that works best for you

Monthly
Adoption

$7.00
Monthly


Annual
Adoption

$77.00
Yearly


Heres what you'll receive

Welcome pack

A digital ten page Welcome Pack stacked full of pictures, facts, figures, and quotes that will tell you everything you need to know.

Adoption Certificate

A digital certificate of adoption with your name on it.

Monthly Impact Updates

Monthly updates direct to your email inbox to keep you up to date with the latest news and information from the field.