APOPO is a social enterprise, registered in Belgium and active in the African Great Lakes Region. APOPO developed an appropriate detection technology, based on the extremely sensitive olfaction capacity of trained rodents. APOPO’s mission is to help save the lives of vulnerable population groups by teaching them how to train rats to detect land mines and tuberculosis. This approach has been endorsed by eleven African Great Lakes Region countries to address humanitarian challenges.
In cooperation with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and with the Norwegian People’s Aid, APOPO deployed land-mine detection rats in support of the “Land Release” project in Angola, which consists of a better assessment of the risk of suspected areas and a more efficient use of available resources to release land back to original populations. This operation originated in Tanzania and Mozambique.
For more information, visit the group’s website here.