We save lives by training animals to rid the world of landmines and tuberculosis

Help us make the world a better place

MAKE A DONATION

With your support, we can clear landmines, detect tuberculosis and save lives. Please enter the amount you would like to donate below.

ADOPT A HERORAT

Join our animal heroes on their life-saving adventures as they use their extraordinary sense of smell to sniff out deadly problems.

THE PROBLEM

Over 60 countries are contaminated with hidden landmines and other explosive remnants of war, that cause tragic accidents and hamper communities from developing their productive land.

Meanwhile, slow and inaccurate detection methods make tuberculosis the world’s most deadly infectious disease. 10 million new people contract TB every year, 3 million go undiagnosed, and 1.8 million die from the disease.

THE SOLUTION

APOPO’s scent detection animals, nicknamed ‘HeroRATs’ and ‘HeroDOGs’, help to rid the world of landmines and tuberculosis – returning safe land back to communities for development, and freeing people from serious illness so they can get back on their feet.

Lulu

Lulu's TB was missed by the clinics but detected by APOPO. She joined volunteer group MKUT...

Yahaya Athuman

I make my living selling flower and tree seedlings. Mostly from my stall in town, but...

Onesia

Onesia's sister suffered from tuberculosis and she vowed to do all that she could to try...

Zito

Zito hits a hidden landmine with his hoe while preparing his land for crops...

Inveta Mukuzu

For over a decade Inveta had to walk through minefields to get to her patch of land to...

Nuru

Nuru's clinic didn't find the tuberculosis in her body and she ended up passing it on to h...

Maria Nhamtumbo

Maria fell ill after nursing her husband back to health....

Sharifa

During her pregnancy Sharifa got very sick and recognised the symptoms of TB as she had...

MUKIKUTE team

Personal stories from former TB-patient volunteer group MUKIKUTE....

Benny

Benny was brought to the clinic twice, each time the clinic was unable to find his TB...

Rashidi Warda

Rashidi joined volunteer group MUKIKUTE nine years ago to help raise TB awareness...

Phouk Nil

The clearance of landmines and explosives from his farm allowed this farmer to thrive...

Sam Leav

Sam had no choice but to farm his land. The HeroRATs found 7 landmines in his fields...

Lann Sa

A former soldier recounts how he lost part of his leg when he stepped on a landmine...

Crimilda Simeão Manhique

Crimilda's relationship suffered after she was diagnosed with tuberculosis....

Husna

Husna fell ill soon after her mother in law was diagnosed with tuberculosis. ...

Naima George

10 year old Naima fell very ill and her clinic was unable to find the cause....

Diu Luciano

Village Chief of Camatende Village, Malanje...

Margarida

Margarida was an APOPO deminer. She risked her life every day to help rid Mozambique of...

Abu Chinarine

Abu Chinarine was an APOPO deminer. He risked his life every day to help rid his community...

Feliciano Petruchel

Community health worker fights TB stigma and encourages adherence to treatment in patients...

Gloria

A grandmother-headed family who can safely work and play on land previously contaminated...

Dr. Joyce Mgohamweni

Dr. Joyce diagnoses and treats TB-patients in APOPO partner clinics in Dar es Salaam...

Charles

Charles was so ill he couldn't work and without an income started to fall in debt....

Abdul Ramadhani

Abdul struggled with his disease not knowing what was making him ill, until APOPO found he...

Chichi Mustapha

When I first became sick I thought it was malaria. I went to my local clinic to get tested...

Rafael

The Vet Director who developed a co-research project....

Luisa Manuel

After the conflict ended, Luisa and her family set about rebuilding our lives but struggle...

Lao Long Heng

The EOD team answers calls about explosive devices around people's homes and farms...

Pedro and Eduardo

Farmers at Malele, Angola...

Sam Mucaveli

For thirty years, landmines have prevented Sam from grazing his cows on pasture land near...

Alexander Langa

For 30 years Alexander's family only had access to half his farmland and struggled to surv...

Pendo

Pendo Msegu is an APOPO Mine Detection Rat Training Supervisor & Animal Welfare Officer...

Savera Komba

Savera survived TB twice and joined a volunteer organisation to spread awareness about...

Chun Ry

A farmer who called the EOD team after his daughter found an old bomb lying in undergrowth...

Asma Mahamud

Asma's illness progressed quickly leaving her weak and struggling to look after her baby....

Dit Sim

Landmines were discovered all around the fields near the village shop...

Lay Loun

Loun has been farming the land with her daughter out of desperation, despite the fear...

Saidi Salehe

Saidi is a builder and when he got ill he had to stop working and quickly fell in debt...

João

A landmine was found buried hardly 20 meters from where the school children play...

Leila

Leila got too sick to go to school and spread her disease to her brother and sister...

Haruna Selemani

Haruna lost her daughter to TB, she was very afraid when her clinic was unable to find out...

Omary Said Kiundo

Omary was tested twice by his local clinic and they couldn't detect his illness. ...

Tatu and Nasra

I’m 64 years old and my eight-year old granddaughter Nasra recently survived tuberculosis...

Amadhi Juma

Amadhi's family worried as he lost weight and got weaker, his local clinic couldn't find...

William

Taking care of your family is hard, even if you are healthy. What happens when you are not...

Tchakumala

My name is Tchakumala Betchane and I am 43 years old. I am the Community Leader of Milole...

Claudi

6 year old Claudi was very sick but his local clinic couldn’t detect the cause...

Herry

Lucy Jonasi's nine year old son Herry was very sick but their health clinic...

Bundoeth Thoung

The Headmaster is happy that now that the mines are cleared, children will finish school...

Sophea Mao

An APOPO female deminer is proud to be helping return safe land to her community...

Tarcisio Muchanga

An APOPO medic at the minefields who makes sure that everyone feels safe and confident at...

Virginia Thadei

Virginia has been a MUKIKUTE volunteer for over 20 years and fell ill with TB a second...

Jacobo Nanjalahu

My name is Jacobo Nanjalahu, I’m 24 and I live in an area of Dar es Salaam called Manzese...

Historia da Cunha

Landmines are one of the big evils in the world because they continue to kill and injure...

Mhudini Malisa

Mhudini is a bus conductor and he kept working even though he was sick....

Abdulrahman

Abdulrahman feared for his pregnant wife when he fell ill and his local clinic...

Zacarias

Alberto Jorge Zacarias is an APOPO Mine Detection Rat (MDR) supervisor...

Marcio

Marcio follows newly diagnosed patients to gather data on their illness....

August

Minefields had cut off villagers in Nyazvitanda from clean water and access to fertile far...

NEWS AND ARTICLES

What’s happening at APOPO?

International women's day 2022

International women's day 2022

Empowering women for a sustainable tomorrow. Today on International Women’s Day, APOPO is proud to celebrate the strength and resilience of…
World Wildlife Day 2022

World Wildlife Day 2022

Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration. World Wildlife Day takes place on March 3 every year and celebrates the diversity of life on…
Belgian Ambassador visits Cambodia

Belgian Ambassador visits Cambodia

On February 18th, APOPO Cambodia  was delighted to host a high-level visit from H. E. Mrs. Sibille de Cartier d’Yves, the recently…
Rats to Animal Rescue

Rats to Animal Rescue

World Pangolin Day Today is World Pangolin Day – an opportunity for APOPO and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to…
Clearing a deadly legacy for a new beginning

Clearing a deadly legacy for a new beginning

Land handover ceremony in Siem Reap province. On February 14th, APOPO held a handover ceremony in Siem Reap province with…
In focus: Dr. Izzy Szott

In focus: Dr. Izzy Szott

International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a…

MAKE A DONATION

Just $30 will clear 30m2 of minefield

ADOPT AN ANIMAL

Join us on a life-saving mission

HEROGIFTS

Gifts that you’ll never forget