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Bart Weetjens - 2011 Ashoka Globalizer

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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011

Bart has found in rats a low-cost, scalable solution to pressing humanitarian challenges. His social enterprise APOPO trains local communities in using African giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis, thus decreasing people's dependency on expensive international help. Through its Mine Action initiative, the "HeroRats" have successfully cleared thousands of square meters of land-mine areas. APOPO's new tuberculosis detection program is well underway and has already potentially prevented more than seven thousand new cases of TB. APOPO wants to scale up the research, development and dissemination of detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes.

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