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Morogoro research center

APOPO’s Tuberculosis (TB) Research and Training center was the first ever to evaluate rats as a diagnostic tool in human health. It takes about 9 months to fully train a Tuberculosis detection rat and once trained they can screen thousands of sputum samples every month. The research and development in this diagnostic approach seeks to curb the spread of this deadly disease.

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Dar es Salaam screening

APOPO's Tuberculosis detection rats screen tens of thousands of sputum samples collected from TB clinics in Dar es Salaam every year. As a result, many TB patients which were first diagnosed as negative are now identified and can start treatment.

Key figures

  • 28 Collaborating TB clinics
  • 328,750 Sputum samples screened since 2007
  • 8,486 Additional TB patients identified by rats

Maputo TB screening

Tuberculosis was declared a national emergency in Mozambique in March 2006. APOPO supports the country’s Ministry of Health TB control program. Our TB detection operations in Maputo help identify a maximum number of TB patients in the shortest possible time, assuring they can start a timely treatment.

Key figures

  • 16 Participating Health Units
  • 73,267 Sputum samples screened since 2013
  • 11 Accredited TB rats working
Nuelma, TB lab technician

Nuelma, TB lab technician

When I heard that APOPO were looking for a lab technician I jumped at the chance.

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