Western Michigan University
The SABA grant was used to purchase important items for helping Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling (APOPO; Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development), a Belgian non-governmental organization located in Tanzania, Africa. APOPO’s mission is to develop and disseminate rat detection technology for humanitarian uses—specifically, as an inexpensive, reliable, and fast method for detecting landmines and for detecting tuberculosis in humans. APOPO used the items acquired with the grant to collect objective data for all aspects of rat and personnel performance. Items purchased include a desktop computer, printer, basic portable video camera, and training materials. By developing a sustainable managerial and training system, Amy Durgin and the APOPO team have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of training processes and assist local staff with practicing the incorporation and regular use of objective measures for all aspects of evaluating performance.
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