Detecting Tuberculosis

A TB detection rat can check 100 samples in as little as 20 minutes. This would typically take a lab technician up to 5 days using conventional microscopy

Tuberculosis now kills more people globally than HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Why tuberculosis

There are approximately 10 million new global cases of tuberculosis per year and around 1.8 million people die from the disease. In most sub-Saharan African countries only about half of the patients with active tuberculosis are diagnosed. APOPO’s 24-hour approach makes sure that more people get on treatment and back to work, school and play.

Stories: Claudi

Six year old Claudi was very sick. His local clinic didn't know why. Read how the HeroRATs saved Claudi’s life.

Claudi's story

How we're detecting tuberculosis

APOPO works as a “failsafe” - re-examining TB-suspect samples delivered from partner clinics in Tanzania and Mozambique and returning the results within 24-hours. Our approach has improved clinic detection rates by over 40% so more TB positive people are treated before they can pass the illness to others

TB Detection - where we work

APOPO works within government health systems to support national DOTS centers in their fight against tuberculosis

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