Landmines are still an issue in 60 countries, such as Cambodia, which provokes tragic accidents and hemper the development of agriculture. Meanwhile, slow and inaccurate detection methods make tuberculosis the world’s most deadly infectious disease. 10 million new people contract TB every year, 3 million go undiagnosed, and 1.8 million die from the disease.
The APOPO scent detection rats, nicknamed 'HeroRATs', help to rid the world of landmines and tuberculosis –returning safe land back to communities for development, and freeing people from serious illness so they can get back on their feet. By visiting APOPO's center, you will learn about the mine clearance process from an expert, enjoy a series of videos showing our work and can read all about how Cambodia became one of the most mine affected countries in the world.
APOPO also contribute to environmental protection by partnering Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT). Through this partnership, training is being provided to local farmers working on the slopes of the Uluguru Mountains. This results in reduced greenhouse gases through tree planting, conservation of tropical forest, increased water quality and quantity, elimination of slash and burn agriculture, and an increase in the carbon content of the soil.