HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis



APOPO's trained HeroRATs are saving lives and limbs, by using their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out unexploded landmines and tuberculosis.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

APOPO addresses the need for cheap, reliable and locally manageable demining detection services and Tuberculosis screening by training and providing HeroRATs. APOPO’s HeroRATs are currently working in Mozambique to offer villagers safe return to their homesteads, access to vital farmland, and open doors for essential infrastructure. APOPO also partners with DOTS Centers to offer second-line TB screening to a population of 500,000 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

How will this project solve this problem?

HeroRATs are part of a Mine Action team in Mozambique and are working towards the goal of a mine impact free country. In Tanzania, HeroRATs find an average of 5-10 TB-positive patients each week that were missed by the hospitals.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will allow families to return to their homes, reclaim and utilize their land, and live without fear of landmines. We will also screen the most vulnerable populations for TB, providing access to treatment and longer, healthier lives.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £165,189

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled £165,189 .  The original project funding goal was £127,851.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 4,673 donors like you, a total of £165,189 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Morogoro, Tanzania, Tanzania, United Republic of

Project Leader

Paul Delbar

Public Fundraising Manager
Sokoine University, Morogoro Tanzania, United Republic of

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Map of HeroRATs: Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis
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