Bart Weetjens | APOPO Hero Rats | Belgium

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APOPO a Tanzanian-based social enterprise that develops and implements detection rats technology, nicknamed “HeroRATs” for humanitarian purposes. APOPO uses a locally available species, the African Giant Rat, because of its favorable temperament, long life span, and the fact that its size makes it easier to manipulate to detection tasks. The HeroRATs have already helped make 1 million people safe from the threat of land mines and have screened over 130k people for TB in mega cities across Africa. APOPO has ambitious plans to scale both solutions to impact over 10 million people in the next 15 years.