APOPO is a non-profit organization that trains African giant pouched rats to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis.

Over 100,000 landmines & explosives destroyed 104,180 landmines and explosives destroyed so far
Over 10,000 people with TB identified. 10,177 people with tuberculosis identified
Over 20 million square meters of land made safe 20,913,444 square meters of safe land returned

The Problem

Over 60 countries suffer from the threat of old hidden landmines and other explosive remnants of war that cause tragic accidents and hold back communities from developing their productive land.

Meanwhile, slow and inaccurate detection methods make tuberculosis the world’s biggest infectious disease killer.. 9 million people contract TB every year, 3 million go undiagnosed, and 1.5 million die.

The Solution

APOPO’s HeroRATs quickly sniff out landmines and tuberculosis using their amazing sense of smell. They help get people back on their safe land and increase detection rates of clinics by over 40%.

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Onesia the HeroRAT Handler

Onesia is a HeroRAT handler in Maputo. She helps train TB detection heroes


6 year old Claudi was very sick but his local clinic couldn’t detect the cause.

Farmer Sam

Sam is a farmer in Mozambique whose family was terrorized by land-mines

Abu Chinarine

Abu Chinarine risks his life every day to get rid of landmines



APOPO is proud to announce that it has opened a program in Colombia. APOPO has recently registered as an NGO in the country...

My little girl found a bomb

My name is Chun Ry and this is my family. I am a farmer who supports eight children. I grow rice and cassava, and I raise 4 cows and many chickens...

Making a Difference to 10,000 Lives

In May 2016, APOPO reached a landmark of identifying 10,000 TB positive patients who were initially missed by their local clinics...

Boom - over 60 tons destroyed!

Since late 2015, APOPO has been carrying out controlled bulk demolitions as an integral part of its unexploded ordnance (UXO) and ammunitions clearance...

Laying Foundations in Ethiopia

APOPO together with the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) have begun building the new TB detection clinic in Addis Abba, Ethiopia.