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APOPO is a Belgian NGO that developed an innovative method using African giant pouched rats, nicknamed "HeroRATS", to detect landmines and tuberculosis using their extraordinary sense of smell.

It is APOPO's mission to develop detection rats' technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive and social change.

Mine detection rats can quickly and accurately detect landmines, significantly speeding up mine clearance efforts and allowing communities to once again use their land productively. APOPO offers a cost effective alternative demining technology for low-resource settings.

Support from players will directly help those across the world living with the fear of landmines and TB.

The rats are not harmed whilst carrying out their important job and enjoy the bananas they get as a reward.

For more information, visit their website To help support their work, sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery.

Head Office Address


SUA-APOPO Administrative HQ and Research and Training Center Sokoine University of Agriculture Main Campus Tiba Road PO Box 3078 Morogoro Tanzania

+255 23 2600 635


Amount raised to date:


Regions receiving support:

Sub-Saharan Africa

Funding body:

Postcode Planet Trust