Claudi sits against the Wall


6 year old Claudi was very sick but his local clinic couldn’t detect the cause.

I am Claudi. I am 6 years old and I live in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 2014 I became very sick so my Grandmother took me to clinic.

The doctor examined me and he suspected tuberculosis.

At the clinic we also met Lulu. She gives people advice about TB.

Lulu is a volunteer from APOPO’s partner organisation MKUTA. She had TB herself once.

She bravely helped me give my sputum sample where I had to cough a lot.

The clinic tried to detect what was wrong with me, but they couldn’t find anything.

I went home to my family…

…and to help my grandfather with his pigeons.

But after a while I felt worse. Then my little sister also got sick.

I was afraid my friends at school would get sick too.

“Claudi coughed a lot and became too weak to come to school” – Suzanna John

Then one day, the clinic called me in and told me I had tuberculosis (TB).

My sputum sample had also been sent to APOPO.

Where it was tested by rats who examine people’s samples and sniff them for TB

When they smell TB, they stop and hold their noses over it for 2-3 seconds

The APOPO lab confirms the TB in the sample, and tells the clinic.

APOPO found my TB and the local clinic found my sister’s – she was lucky.

Lulu then came to my house with our treatment and explained how to take it.

I felt much better in no time and started going to school again.

Lulu even came to teach everyone about the dangers of TB.

And I was proud because I too could explain it to my friends.

Now I am much better and I can play football again with my brother.

And I was happy because I could go to school and learn again with my friends.

Thank you APOPO and the HeroRATs!

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