APOPO is a social enterprise that researches, develops and implements detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes such as Mine Action and Tuberculosis detection. APOPO is a Belgian NGO, with headquarters in Tanzania and operations in Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia.
APOPO, the NGO that trains African giant pouched rats to detect tuberculosis in patients missed by local clinics in Tanzania and Mozambique, is proud to announce the opening of its new TB-detection program in Ethiopia, funded by the Skoll Foundation.
APOPO will work alongside the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) an autonomous federal government organ, and the Addis Ababa Regional Health Bureau to identify more TB-Positive patients in Addis Ababa.
For the last few months APOPO has been providing capacity building and technical assistance to Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM) – the Colombian campaign to ban landmines. Yesterday, the two CCCM non-technical survey teams that APOPO trained reached a first milestone – they were accredited by the Colombian Mine Action Authority and will begin operations at the end of the month.
On February 10th the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria officially announced that the country was mine-free! Algeria is the largest country in Africa and its history is marked with more periods of violence than peace. The combination of World War II, the Algerian War of Independence and religious fighting in the 90s led to Algeria's landmine problem.
On Wednesday the 23rd of November, APOPO celebrated the opening of its new HeroRAT TB Detection Facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Partners, donors and clinic staff alike attended the celebration with words from The Honourable Ummy Mwalimu (MP) - Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (Represented by Dr Mohamed A. Mohamed – Director of Health Quality Assurance, Ministry of Health).
The HeroRATs in Cambodia have helped our partner CMAC complete clearance of a second minefield since they were deployed at the beginning of the year.
Over the last thirty days, 6 landmines and 3 unexploded mortar bombs were found. Eight families, totaling around 40 people, have lived next door to the landmines for the last 25 years and have been forced to sometime farm on unsafe land in order to feed themselves. They are already getting on with the serious business of growing rice crops on the newly safe land.
APOPO is planning to set up a visitor center in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This long term exhibition will be opening early spring 2017 and will invite visitors to explore the story of APOPO and its life saving rats. It will, for the first time, give to tourists a place to discover, investigate, and discuss the issue of landmines and understand the devastating impact of its presence, not only in Cambodia, but in the entire world.
Do you have a global mind set, a native curiosity and an interest in learning new things?
Would you love to use your initiative and creativity to raise awareness for a good cause in your home country?
If the answer to those questions is "Yes" then we'd love to hear from you.
We are looking to welcome applications from any online volunteer who is interested in coordination activities in Australia or New Zealand. Your work will enable APOPO to raise more funds to support APOPO and the HeroRATs!