Edna » 9am - Aug 11, 2013
HeroRAT Trainer, Peter, explains how APOPO utilizes trained African giant pouched rats to help with tuberculosis (TB) detection, significantly increasing TB case findings in Tanzania. To learn more about this life-saving work, visit APOPO's website: http://www.apopo.org/ APOPO’s latest undertaking is training African giant pouched rats in Tanzania to detect tuberculosis in humans, a disease that kills over 1.4 million people each year and is a leading cause of death in Africa. Diagnosing TB in many parts of Africa is a formidable challenge because traditional methods require specific medical skills. There is a new tool available for detection called “Xpert,” but the machine runs $17,000 and each test costs $10. To increase the number of TB tests performed, a team of chemists and...
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