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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.

Key figures

  • 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.

Key figures

  • 8 Participating Health Units
  • 32,493 Sputum samples screened since January
  • 9 Accredited TB rats working
Mwanne Mohamed, MKUTA Volunteer

Mwanne Mohamed, MKUTA Volunteer

There are so many myths about TB that prevalent in our society. Most people tend to think of it as a male disease and when I started volunteering hardly any women would come to give their samples. We are trying to change that.

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