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Tanzania training center

At our Headquarters in Morogoro we breed and train African Giant Pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis. We also carry out behavioral and operational research to constantly improve our innovative HeroRAT technology. From here the rats are sent to enhance the livelihoods of communities by regaining their land from the threat of landmines or to fight tuberculosis. All our rat trainers in Morogoro are employed locally.

Key figures

  • 240,000 m2 Training minefield
  • 1500 Buried, deactivated landmines
  • 111 Mine Detection Rats accredited
  • 15 Scientific publications

Mozambique

APOPO remains present in Mozambique after the 2015 Mine-Free Announcement by carrying out residual tasks such as the detection and clearance of explosive material at the Malhazine site in Maputo.

Key figures

  • 5,848,165 m2 Land returned to population
  • 13,867 Landmines found and neutralized
  • 29,031 Small arms and ammunitions found
  • 54,216 UXO found and destroyed

Angola

Angola, following 27 years of civil war, is the third-most mine affected country in the world after Afghanistan and Cambodia according to the Landmine Monitor. APOPO along with partner NPA is working in sites across the country to help communities back on their way to sustained economic development by giving back safe land for agriculture and development.

Key figures

  • 21 Operational mine detection rats
  • 8 Rat handlers
  • 1,012,484 m2 Total area released/cancelled

Cambodia

APOPO along with local partner the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) is conducting humanitarian landmine clearance projects in Oddar Meanchey and Siem Reap Provinces targeting the most mine-affected villages in order to return mine-free land back to communities where it makes the biggest impact.

Key figures

  • 4,994 Landmines found and neutralized
  • 38,958 UXO found and destroyed
  • 14,518,268 m2 Total area released/cancelled

Thailand

Until late 2014, APOPO assisted the Government of Thailand in accurately defining their mine threat. Through our survey efforts the Thailand authorities can now ensure that scarce and expensive mine clearance resources are directed towards the highest priority areas. This means that the land returned has the greatest positive impact for communities.

Key figures

  • 13,766,897 m2 Total area covered
  • 662 Landmines found and neutralized
  • 934 UXO found and destroyed

Vietnam

With the support of the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), APOPO contributed to the elimination of UXO contamination and neutralized its impact on the livelihoods of the affected population in Vietnam. Through co-development of standard procedures and survey tools, APOPO helped provincial partners build their capacity for evidence-based UXO clearance.

Key figures

  • 4 Mobile teams
  • 3969 UXO located and destroyed
  • 14432 Beneficiaries Mine Risk Education

Lao PDR

Lao PDR suffers severe unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination left over from the Vietnam War (2nd Indochina War) 40 years ago. With support of the German Foreign Federal Office, APOPO has built capacity for integrated humanitarian UXO clearance and capacity development projects in Khamkeut District of Bolikhamxay Province, central Lao PDR.

Key figures

  • 22,231,870 m2 Total Area assessed by Non-Technical Survey
  • 127,004 m2 Total Area Released/Cancelled
  • 3782 Beneficiaries Mine Risk Education
  • 1165 UXO cleared
Marmela Chinerine

Marmela Chinerine

"My Dad Abu is an APOPO deminer and a hero. He risks his life every day to make the land safe for communities."

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