Meet my second #adopted #herorat named #Chewa. This fantastic guy is trained to #determine #tuberculosis
Chewa is one of the biggest #herorats of all time weighing in at monstrous 1.36kg. Chewa’s weight meant he was always destined to sniff out tuberculosis rather than landmines (just in case he set them off!). Chewa, pronounced CHEH – WAH, means brave in Swahili — but his handlers call him Mchapakazi, which means ‘the hard worker’. Day in the life
In #DaresSalaam, #Tanzania, every morning, a little #medical #specialist known as Chewa gets up, excited about his day. For two 20 minute sessions, punctuated by a nap and some recreational time with co-workers, he quickly tests 100 samples of human sputum for the presence of tuberculosis. He does this by sniffing deeply at each sample then lets his human colleagues know when he finds TB, by scratching over the sample.
An untreated tuberculosis patient can infect up to fifteen other people a year. Almost 10 million people worldwide contracted TB in 2014, and some 1.5 million of those died. The disease is largely curable, but first it must be diagnosed. That's where Chewa comes in.
TOP 5 FACTS
1. Tuberculosis ranks as the world’s first leading cause of death from an infectious disease
2. For every additional patient placed on TB treatment, HeroRATs like Chewa potentially halts the spread of TB to up to 10 other people per year
3. HeroRATs like Chewa screen a hundred samples in 20 minutes, this can take a lab technician up to four days
4. Chewa and the HeroRATs have ledped raise detection rats in public clinics by over 40%
5. There are approximately 9 million new global cases of tuberculosis per year and causing the deaths of 1.5 million people
If you want to support this #lifesaving project, #adopt a #herorat too. More information at https://www.apopo.org/en/adopt