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Organization Contact Information

Name: APOPO-SUA
Street 1: PO box 3078
Street 2: Sokoine University of Agriculture
City: Morogoro
Province: Morogoro
Post Code:
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Phone: 255754272572
Email: bart.weetjens@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.apopo.org

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Bart
Last Name: Weetjens
Title: Director
Email: bart.weetjens@gmail.com
Phone:  

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms.
First Name: Hannah
Last Name: Ford
Title:  
Email: herorats@apopo.org
Phone:  

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: International
Organization Description:
APOPO is a social enterprise that researches, develops, and disseminates detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes. Our aim is to provide a low-tech, cost-effective and efficient solution to pressing humanitarian challenges.

APOPO's HeroRATs offer a local solution to the tuberculosis epidemic. Currently the HeroRATs serve as a second-line screen for a population of over 500,000 people in deprived communities in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, Tanzania.

In 2010, APOPO commenced work on a three-year research plan, which includes experiments that compare the rats to other diagnostic technologies and looks more closely at exactly how effective they are at detecting TB. Our aim for the next three years is to further optimize this disease detection technology and focus on implementation models for the future.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? $500,001-$1 MIL
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Resource mobilization
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
APOPO is helping Tanzania to control the spread of tuberculosis by providing a cost-effective and rapid diagnostic tool.

A rat can evaluate 40 sputum samples in less than 7 minutes, equal to what a skilled lab technician, using standard microscopy, can complete in one full day. Each week, APOPO's HeroRATs identify an average of 5 to 15 patients that have been missed by microscopes. In 2010, the total of new cases discovered that had been previously missed by microscopy was 716.

Since a person with undetected tuberculosis infects between 10-15 people each year, our work helped prevent 7,160 new tuberculosis transmissions in 2010 alone.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United Republic of Tanzania
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: African
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
United Republic of Tanzania

Specializations

Delivery of health services and care
Provision of drugs, diagnostics and commodities
Research and Development

Specializations in Countries

Delivery of health services and care United Republic of Tanzania
Provision of drugs, diagnostics and commodities United Republic of Tanzania
Research and Development United Republic of Tanzania

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

New Diagnostics:
Less than half of all TB cases in the African region are being properly diagnosed in DOTS centers. As a second-line screen for tuberculosis, APOPO's detection rats have already increased the amount of new case detection in DOTS centers by 43%.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
No Conflict of Interest

Application date:  
Last updated: September 6, 2011