Australian High Commission visits APOPO

APOPO hosts a high level visit in Dar es Salaam.

This week on August 5th, the APOPO TB detection team in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania was happy to host Second Secretary Kim Wilkinson from the Australian High Commission in Kenya at our Tuberculosis (TB) laboratory in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania.

The Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) supported APOPO from January 2018 through July 2019. DAP aims to support small scale development projects, engaging partners including community groups, non-government organizations, educational institutions and local governments in various sectors for example education, health, women's empowerment and gender equality, and supporting people with disabilities.

At APOPO, the DAP grant allowed us to train six new young African giant pouched rats for our TB Detection program. The grant further supported us in extending our collaboration with 16 health centers in Dodoma and in the Morogoro region. Through this collaboration APOPO and the HeroRATs were able to detect more than 250 additional TB cases and raised detection rates in partner clinics by 43%. Early TB detection is critical for the patients to get on treatment and prevent further contagion within the community.

APOPO greatly acknowledges the Australian High Commission in Kenya for their much needed support to our TB Detection work and their visit in Tanzania!