Players of People’s Postcode Lottery to support Apopo’s amazing landmine-detecting rats

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery to support Apopo’s amazing landmine-detecting rats

Rats

People’s Postcode Lottery has today announced that players will support the Tanzanian based NGO APOPO save more lives with their landmine and TB detecting rats with an award of £175,000.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “The work carried out by APOPO’s mine-detection rats is truly innovative and I am delighted that the support from players will enable the detection of landmines in areas blighted by war. It is certainly apt that they are given their title of HeroRATs.”  

Using their extraordinary sense of smell the HeroRATs help APOPO clear old landmines in Mozambique and Angola, as well as saving lives through detecting TB in High TB-Burden countries such as in Tanzania and Mozambique. APOPO also has explosive clearing operations in Cambodia and Vietnam.

APOPO CEO Christophe Cox said: “Since 1997 APOPO’s HeroRATs have been working to fight the scourge of old explosives left over from ex-conflicts, as well as help diagnose people with TB in countries that simply cannot cope with the TB burden. The support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will directly help communities across the globe who every day suffer from the terror of landmines or who are debilitated by TB, getting them back on to their land, and back to work as soon as possible.”

Apopo will be supported through Postcode Planet Trust.

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