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Transcript of APOPO
On November 1997 the Belgian Government provides first grant for feasibility study
The project began on November 1st by Bart Weetjens and his former schoolmate Christophe Cox
Contacted Sokoine University of Agriculture and placed an order for the import of Giant Rats
What is APOPO
How it works!
Step 1 - Socialization
Step 2 - Click training and scent conditioning
Step 3 - Scent discrimination
Apopo is accomplishing it's goals
Has already helped many people
Ranked 11 in the world in 2013
Working to find new ways to use rats
An Idea is born!
Founder of APOPO - Bart Weetjens on
Prof. Mic Billet former lecturer of Bart
on January 1996
Prof. Ron Verhagen, rodent expert on March 1997
Biologist Ellen van Krunkelsven joined on July 1998
Breeding the rodents proved to be a difficult tasks
On November 1998 Onzo is born, he's the first breeded rat
Benefiting The Community
he was exploring solutions for the global landmine problem
a rat pet owner, he came across a publication using gerbils as scent detectors
rats are intelligent, cheap and widespread
A rodent expert at the biology department University of Antwerp
Selected Cricetomys Gambianus or African Giant Pouched rat
Best suited for the task because they can live up to 8 years and they originated from Africa
APOPO - Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling
APOPO - Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development
The Main Goals
"APOPO is a social enterprise that researches, develops and implements detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes such as Mine Action and Tuberculosis detection. APOPO is a Belgian NGO, with headquarters in Tanzania and operations in Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia."
Step 4 - Soil floor search
Step 5 - Field training
Step 4 - Multiple sample evaluation
Landmines are extremely dangerous
Areas suspected of landmines will be blocked interfering people's lives
Cost a lot and is dangerous to remove
Rats are very cost effective
Not dangerous for humans
Untreated patients can effect others
Populated areas need faster diagnosis
Rats are efficient
A rat in 10 minutes can do the work of a lab technician in a day
The Millennium goals!
Apopo is using the help of rodents to detect tuberculosis
Allows people to be detected before they spread the disease
Allows families to have a better life
Reduce the risk of parents dying
Better combat diseases and reducing spreading
CAN WE DO IT?
Goal number 4 - Reducing child mortality rate
Working towards the goal
Goal number 6 - Combating diseases
Working to train more rats and is very close
Dar Es Salaam
Partners than support Apopo
Stop TB Partnership
National Institute for Health
Province of Antwerp
United Nations Development Program
Donations made by people
You can name your own rat!
"Mine Action." Mine Action. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
"United Nations Millennium Development Goals." UN News Center. UN, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
Are they using funds appropriately?
72% spent on Mine Actions
13% spent on Tuberculosis
9% spent on Fundraising and finances
6% spent on administration