Leaving No One Behind

APOPO featured in the 2018 OECD Development Cooperation Report.

APOPO is delighted that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) invited us to share a case study on our TB detection program in the companion volume of the new SDG-themed “Leaving No One Behind” OECD Development Cooperation Report.

We live in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 global goals were set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, succeeding the Millennium Development Goals, to collectively work towards “the future we want”.

APOPO clearly identifies with the SDG. With our tuberculosis (TB) detection program, we strive for Goal 3: ensuring good health and promoting well-being, and for making our contribution to target 3.3, to end the epidemics of tuberculosis (amongst other disease) by 2030. By now, we have tested over half a million samples for TB, found more than 14,700 additional TB cases, and have joined forces with community partners to make sure that ‘Test’ also means ‘Treat’. In the last couple of years, partnering with community-based organizations has helped APOPO track down newly diagnosed TB patients in Tanzania and Mozambique and enable 80% of them to promptly start their TB treatment which usually involves the patient taking a combination of different TB drugs. If the correct drugs are taken for the entire duration of treatment, then for most patients this will cure the TB.

APOPO also relates to SDG 16: promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies through its humanitarian demining programs. Furthermore. APOPO’s bold mission to inspire positive social change, not purely innovative technology, is another facet that fits the SDGs.

The OECD is an intergovernmental organization, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change, to anticipate future trends, and to promote policies and set standards to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Moreover, OECD is an official United Nations observer – thus the direct connection to the SDGs.

The OECD headquarters is in Paris, and most of its 34 member countries are northern hemisphere, high-income economies. All the more reason to consider ourselves fortunate that our work in the global south, tackling the TB problem in Tanzania, Mozambique and Ethiopia, came to the OECD’s attention and founds its way into this volume reaching a wide audience. We gladly and modestly find ourselves among many rich, diverse and highly encouraging case stories to learn from.

The full OECD report can be found online, and our TB case study is available here.


APOPO's TB programs are most grateful for the support and generous contributions of all partners and donors.