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Saving lives from disaster and disease by
         training HeroRATS




         Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox ...
Our Mission
To become the Centre of Exellence in detection rats technology,
to enhance the impact of life saving actions i...
Why rats?
The African Giant Pouched Rat
• is an intelligent creature, easily conditioned,
  loves to do repetitive tasks i...
What trained rats can do?                                                Search 100m2 of suspected land in 20 minutes
    ...
Impact Mine Action
Trained 53 HeroRATS in 2008

Tasked by the Mozambican Government with the entire Gaza province,
with 3....
Impact TB screening
Proof of principle for TB-screening by means of HeroRATs

87% overall accuracy in real world circumsta...
Operational countries 2008:
                                                                                           Tan...
APOPO current funding
                                                                 Public governments and institutions...
APOPO: a Belgian-Tanzanian social enterprise, established in 1998 at the University of
Antwerp, in close cooperation with ...
We invite you to support us
                                                                                   and to visi...
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Saving lives from disaster and disease by
training HeroRATS

Our Mission
To become the Centre of Exellence in detection rats technology, to enhance the impact of life saving actions in vulnerable communities

Why rats?
The African Giant Pouched Rat
...is an intelligent creature, easily conditioned, loves to do repetitive tasks if rewarded with food
...has a highly developed sense of smell
...has an 8-year lifespan with several productive years after initial 1 year of training
...is lightweight, so cannot set off a mine
...compared to dogs: cheaper to breed, feed, house, maintain and transport, does not get attached to one trainer

What trained rats can do?
Search 100m 2 of suspected land in 20 minutes what would take a manual deminer 2 full days
Screen 70 sputum samples for TB in 20 minutes what would take a lab technician 2 full days
Generic technology: wide variety of spin-off applications

Impact Mine Action
Trained 53 HeroRATS in 2008
Tasked by the Mozambican Government with the entire Gaza province, with 3.7 Km2of minefields
Assessed 38.5 Km of highway in South Mozambique
Cleared over hundreds of landmines, explosive devices and ammunition
Endorsed by 11 African Great Lakes Region Governments for replication on their territories

Impact TB screening
Proof of principle for TB-screening by means of HeroRATs
87% overall accuracy in real world circumstances (37% for Microscopy)
15,041 suspected patients screend in Dar Es Salaam since January 2008
Among them, HeroRATs diagnosed 577 patients, missed by microscopy
Increased TB case detection by 31.4% in a target population of 500,000 capita

APOPO current funding
Public governments and institutions
Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
Belgian Federal, regional and local governments (DGDC, Flemish Community, Province of Antwerp)
National Institute of Health (USA)

Private Support
Skoll Foundation
ASHOKA Innovators for the Public
Schwab Foundation
King Baudouin Foundation
UBS Optimus Foundation
Marie & Alain Philippson Foundation Citizen based support Through 'Flowers for peace'
HeroRAT adoptions

Partners
Antwerp University, Antwerp, Belgium
Sokoine University, Morogoro, Tanzania
Tanzanian Peoples Defense Forces
International Conference for the Great Lakes Region
Max Planck Institute, Germany
National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania

APOPO Is a Belgian-Tanzanian social enterprise, established in 1998 at the University of Antwerp, in close cooperation with Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania

Over 100 employees in Africa
R&D team, Trainers, Logistics, Maintenance & Breeding, In country operations, Management
Annual operating budget > $1.5 million

We invite you to support us and to visit our operations in Africa!
http://www.apopo.org
http://www.herorat.org

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  1. 1. Saving lives from disaster and disease by training HeroRATS Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  2. 2. Our Mission To become the Centre of Exellence in detection rats technology, to enhance the impact of life saving actions in vulnerable communities Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  3. 3. Why rats? The African Giant Pouched Rat • is an intelligent creature, easily conditioned, loves to do repetitive tasks if rewarded with food • has a highly developed sense of smell • has an 8-year lifespan with several productive years after initial 1 year of training • is lightweight, so cannot set off a mine • compared to dogs: cheaper to breed, feed, house, maintain and transport, does not get attached to one trainer Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  4. 4. What trained rats can do? Search 100m2 of suspected land in 20 minutes what would take a manual deminer 2 full days Screen 70 sputum samples for TB in 20 minutes what would take a lab technician 2 full days Generic technology: wide variety of spin-off applications Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  5. 5. Impact Mine Action Trained 53 HeroRATS in 2008 Tasked by the Mozambican Government with the entire Gaza province, with 3.7 Km2 of minefields Assessed 38.5 Km of highway in South Mozambique Cleared over hundreds of landmines, explosive devices and ammunition Endorsed by 11 African Great Lakes Region Governments for replication on their territories Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  6. 6. Impact TB screening Proof of principle for TB-screening by means of HeroRATs 87% overall accuracy in real world circumstances (37% for Microscopy) 15,041 suspected patients screend in Dar Es Salaam since January 2008 Among them, HeroRATs diagnosed 577 patients, missed by microscopy Increased TB case detection by 31.4% in a target population of 500,000 capita Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  7. 7. Operational countries 2008: Tanzania: training and R&D for both demining and TB Mozambique: demining operations, deploying 36 mine detection rats accredited by Mozambican Mine Action Authority since 2004 Headquarters at Sokoine University, Morogoro, Tanzania since 2000 2009-2011: replication in GLR priority border zones Angola and Sudan, replication TB research in South Africa TB Research & Development 2006: Great Lakes Region endorsed HeroRATS for replication in 11 countries. Countries can choose from entire portfolio of APOPO services Expression of interest Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  8. 8. APOPO current funding Public governments and institutions Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining Belgian Federal, regional and local governments (DGDC, Flemish Community, Province of Antwerp) National Institute of Health (USA) Private Support Skoll Foundation ASHOKA Innovators for the Public Schwab Foundation King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium & USA) UBS Optimus Foundation Marie & Alain Philippson Foundation Citizen based support Trrough ‘Flowers for peace’ HeroRAT adoptions Partners Antwerp University, Antwerp, Belgium Sokoine University, Morogoro, Tanzania Tanzanian Peoples Defense Forces International Conference for the Great Lakes Region Max Planck Institute, Germany National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  9. 9. APOPO: a Belgian-Tanzanian social enterprise, established in 1998 at the University of Antwerp, in close cooperation with Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania Over 100 employees in Africa R&D team, Trainers, Logistics, Maintenance & Breeding, In country operations, Management Annual operating budget > $1.5 million Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
  10. 10. We invite you to support us and to visit our operations in Africa! www.apopo.org www.herorat.org Contact: Bart Weetjens & Christophe Cox • Directors September 2009 Po box 3078 • Morogoro • Tanzania • Tel +255 754 272 572 & +255 713 740 740 • e-mail: apopo@apopo.org
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