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Our Adopted Rats

Name: Ikemba

Job: Mine Detection Rat

Meet Our Past Rats: Nala and our beloved Cheeky who is now watching us from above.

Recycling Funds

2012: $105.63

2013: $118.63

2014: $56.45

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Movember Kickoff!

Aloha  there,

It’s Movember and I'll be growing a moustache to raise funds and awareness for men's health. It's going to be a hairy journey and I want you to be part of it.

Fight for your right to change the face of men’s health, enlist for Movember and JOIN MY TEAM now.

A moustache is the mark of a man or a completely kick butt woman, and today it is a symbol to spark conversations about important health issues. So guys, pledge to grow a Mo today, or ladies, join the team to support my Mo.

Find out more about why you should join me by taking a look at THE CAUSES WE ARE FIGHTING FOR.

Thanks for supporting Gen Mo and helping us change the face of men's health.

United We Mo!

Russell Castagnaro

Check out last years photos!


Race for the Cure - Thank you!!

Aloha All,

Thanks to Ann and Janet for walking with me in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. It was a lot of fun to see so many people walking for a great cause. Our team raised $679 to date.  If you had intended to donate they are still taking donations until 11-1.

Thanks to Russell, Emily, Rika, Julie, Emily, Terry, and Jing for your support and donations! If I missed anyone thanks to you also! We each reached our individual goals!!!

Mahalo Plenty!!!!


Hour count: 12 hours total


Update on our Rat, Nala!

***Dear HeroRAT adopter, this is the latest update of your current TB detection HeroRAT, Nala.  You may have recently been switched to Nala because previous TB-detecting HeroRATs have been retired and entered into the HeroRAT Hall of Fame!***

Hello friend,
Hope all’s well in your corner of the world. It’s been raining here in Morogoro. Working indoors, I do not have to face the wet mud and yet I get to experience the cool and refreshing breeze. Best of both worlds, as they say!
I am healthy and happy. I recently reached the weight of exactly one kilo, at the age of one year and eight months. I believe I can grow even stronger if I keep up my balanced diet and exercise regime!
I am improving my work optimization and now in the automated cage, I can evaluate an average of 50-70 samples in a session depending on the daily sample planning. In the month of April alone I found a total of 31 patients who had previously been diagnosed as negative. These have been sent back to the respective TB clinics for patient tracking, treatment and follow up.
APOPO now partners with 17 DOTS centers, or tuberculosis (TB) clinics, in Tanzania. This means that my colleagues and I can now help even more patients of respiratory diseases determine if they have the highly contagious TB. I hear that a single patient can infect 5-10 more people every year and so early detection and treatment becomes imperative to the eradication of TB in a community.
However, this is not a very easy thing to do because the patients I detect often do not leave accurate contact details and it becomes very hard to trace them, inform them and start appropriate treatment. In order to address this problem, APOPO has teamed up with a Tanzanian NGO called Mapambano ya Kifua Kikuu na Ukimwi Tanzania (MKUTA), composed of former TB patients. MKUTA volunteers always talk to and try to convince each and every TB suspect to provide reliable contact details that would make tracking at a later stage easier. I just hope that all those patients are now under treatment!  Not only will these people live longer and healthier lives but they will also not inadvertently spread the disease in their families and local communities.
In other good news, my colleagues at APOPO’s new TB detection center in Maputo, Mozambique are doing very well. They have already screened more than 6,000 samples and have indentified almost 80 additional cases of TB! Mozambique, like Tanzania, is a TB high-burden country. So much so that the disease was declared a national emergency in March 2006 and is one of the focus programs of the country’s Ministry of Health. APOPO’s TB detection operations in Maputo will help identify the maximum number of TB patients in the shortest possible time, to support the Mozambican National TB Control Program which identifies as priorities the improvement of diagnosis and treatment success rates.
I’ve caught a whiff of some very exciting developments relating the HeroRAT adoption program and I look forward to sharing the details of the big news soon. The other HeroRATs and I want to be part of this process and we hope that the changes will improve the adopter experience for incredible supporters like you! Thank you for supporting me and my friends - we would not have made it without you!
Love and whiskers,

Nala the HeroRAT
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