Double country estimates of fungal disease published for Indonesia and Democratic Republic of Congo

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With populations of 267 and 95 million, Indonesia and DRC are the 4th and 16th most populous countries in the world. In the esteemed journal Mycoses, estimates of the incidence and prevalence of all serious fungal diseases have been conducted for the first time. In Indonesia, GAFFI Ambassador Prof Retno Wahyuningsih from Universitas Indonesia and… Read more »

Covid-19 reverses gains in survival rates in HIV patients

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Deaths rose from 16.6% to 27.3% during COVID, nearly 1 in 9 additional deaths, in Guatemala’s leading HIV centre in 2020 compared with 2019. Just published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases – Narda Medina and colleagues charted the provision of HIV care in Guatemala and how the global pandemic has affected diagnosis and… Read more »

Green fungus’ Aspergillus now noticed in India: nearly triples mortality in severe Covid-19

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Aspergillus, dubbed the ‘green fungus’ in India, occurs in 13.5% of severely ill hospitalised patients with COVID-19, according to Woon Chong of Albany Medical Center, New York State. Only last week, 75 weeks into the pandemic, the first cases of ‘green fungus’ were described in India, probably indicative of many missed cases. Chong and Neu… Read more »

Doctors around the world call for rapid response to deadly mucormycosis (the so-called “black fungus”) found in COVID patients in India.

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Countries that are able should provide amphotericin B to Indian patients.     The Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI) is calling on those with supplies of amphotericin B to provide them to India. In India, there are estimated to be over 4000 people with mucormycosis, (described as “black fungus” because it makes tissues go black)… Read more »

Dr Ana Alastruey-Izquierdo to coordinate GAFFI’s programs in Latin America and Caribbean

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Following her pivotal role in GAFFI’s successful program in Guatemala, GAFFI has seconded Dr Ana Alastruey-Izquierdo to run its programs in Latin America and the Caribbean on a part-time basis. Ana is an accomplished scientist currently at Spain’s National Mycology Reference Laboratory at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII). In recent years, Ana has… Read more »

Rapid spread of Mucormycosis, the black fungus, spreading amongst COVID patients suffering from diabetes in India

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Leading global fungal infection charity GAFFI has issued guidelines to help patients and carers manage the condition Multiple reports from India have identified the otherwise rare fungal infection mucormycosis affecting many patients and leaving major disfigurement or death. High numbers have been seen in Gujrat, Maharastra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh and Punjab… Read more »

Special Webinar Announcement: Ending Cryptococcal Meningitis Deaths by 2030: A New Global Initiative

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On May 12th a special Webinar will be held to outline the new push to “end Cryptococcal Meningitis Deaths by 2030”, for people with advanced from HIV disease. The Special Webinar registration link is: https://mailchi.mp/salud.unm.edu/announcement-cdcchaiunitaid-global-webinar-series-ending-crytococcal-meningitis-deaths-by-2030-1568406 There are still too many people with undiagnosed and untreated or diagnosed but under-treated fungal meningitis in AIDS, especially in… Read more »

University of Manchester helping change the understanding and treatment of Aspergillus disease globally

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More than 300 million people worldwide suffer from serious fungal infections and around two million die each year. Research from The University of Manchester is improving patient survival and quality of life, from diagnosis though to drug development. The University of Manchester was the top ranked University in 2021 from The Times Higher Education Impact… Read more »

Fungal disease diagnosis is lifesaver for patients with HIV and AIDS

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A fungal disease diagnostic and educational programme has had a transformational impact on the mortality of HIV patients in Guatemala, according to new research. The programme, say scientists at the Asociación de Salud Integral (ASI) in Guatemala City and The University of Manchester, will save lives in countries across the developing world if implemented. The… Read more »