How It Works: Tuberculosis Detection Rats (Apopo)
Tuberculosis might seem like a disease of the past, but for millions of people around the world, TB is still a very real and deadly threat. And the traditional method of testing is slow and inefficient. Which means a serious problem is only getting worse. That’s where our friends at APOPO come in. The organization trains rats — yes, rats — to detect TB, which can dramatically lower diagnosis time. This means people get the treatment they need sooner and a huge global problem can be tackled even quicker. TB kills more people than any other infectious disease. But APOPO, and their HERORats are sniffing out a solution.