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Morogoro research center

It takes about 9 months to fully train a Tuberculosis detection rat. Once it is trained, it can screen thousands of patients every month. The research and development in this novel diagnostic approach seeks to curb the spread of this deadly disease.

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Dar es Salaam

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

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  • 19 Collaborating TB clinics
  • 234 123 Sputum samples screened since 2007
  • 5806 Additional TB patients identified by rats

Maputo TB screening

Tuberculosis was declared a national emergency in Mozambique in March 2006 and is one of the focus programs of the country’s Ministry of Health. APOPO’s TB detection operations in Maputo will help identify the maximum number of TB patients in the shortest possible time, to support the Mozambican National TB Control Program which identifies as priorities the improvement of diagnosis and treatment success rates.

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  • 8 Participating Health Units
  • 32,493 Sputum samples screened since January
  • 9 Accredited TB rats working
Janet, Former TB Patient

Janet, Former TB Patient

I was so happy that I could finally confirm the disease in my body and find a solution. I can now take care of my home. Returned health gave me independence. I can work and provide service to my community. I want others like me to know about APOPO and get help.

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