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Every untreated Tuberculosis patient can infect a dozen other people per year. The need for faster TB diagnosis in overpopulated high burden cities is paramount. APOPO is working towards eradicating TB in Sub-Saharan Africa by training locally available rats to evaluate sputum samples more swiftly and efficiently. One rat can evaluate in ten minutes more samples than a lab technician can do in one day.
Onesia is a HeroRAT trainer is Maputo. She helps turn our rats into TB detection heroes, who outperform humans in detecting positive TB sputum samples.Read this story
Taking care of your family is hard, even if you are healthy. What happens when you are not sick enough for it to show up on a routine test ? Well, your illness gets a chance to develop ... unless you've got HeroRATs to check you up !Read this story
Lulu's TB was missed by the clinics but detected by the HeroRATs. She has since joined volunteer group MKUTA to help raise TB awarenessRead this story
6 year old Claudi was very sick but his local clinic couldn’t detect the cause. Read how the HeroRATs saved Claudi’s life.Read this story