Sokoine University of Agriculture

APOPO’s tuberculosis research agenda: achievements, challenges and prospects

Show simple item record Beyene, N Mahoney, A Cox, C Weetjens, B Making, G Mgode, G Durgin, A Kuipers, D Jubitana, M Egwaga, S Kamala, D Lwila, F Mfinanga, S Kahwa, A Machangu, R Kazwala, R Reither, K Kaufmann, S Poling, A 2017-03-21T10:56:49Z 2017-03-21T10:56:49Z 2012-04
dc.description Tanzania Journal of Health Research 2012 : 4(2). en_US
dc.description.abstract This article describes Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling (APOPO) recent use of specially trained African giant pouched rats as detectors of pulmonary tuberculosis in people living in Tanzania. It summarizes the achievements and challenges encountered over the years and outlines future prospects. Since 2008, second-line screening by the rats has identified more than 2000 tuberculosis-positive patients who were missed by microscopy at Direct Observation of Treatment – Short Course centres in Tanzania. Moreover, data that are reviewed herein have been collected with respect to the rats’ sensitivity and specificity in detecting tuberculosis. Findings strongly suggest that scent-detecting rats offer a quick and practical tool for detecting pulmonary tuberculosis and within the year APOPO’s tuberculosis-detection project will be extended to Mozambique. As part of its local capacity building effort, APOPO hires and trains Tanzanians to play many important roles in its TB detection project and provides research and training opportunities for Tanzanian students. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Tuberculosis detection en_US
dc.subject Sniffer rats en_US
dc.subject Cricetomys gambianus en_US
dc.subject Mycobacterium tuberculosis en_US
dc.title APOPO’s tuberculosis research agenda: achievements, challenges and prospects en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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