Saving lives of patients with HIV using diagnostics in Guatemala
Two million people die of fungal disease every year. Most are never diagnosed.
Diagnostic program in Guatemala saving lives in people with HIV/AIDS (Spanish).
Professor Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Senior Advisor to GAFFI and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Reference & Research on Fungi of Medical Importance.
Cryptococcal meningitis, mostly AIDS-related affects over 250,000 people worldwide each year.
WHO accepts rapid tests for life threatening fungal diseases aspergillosis and Pneumocystis pneumonia as ‘Essential Diagnostics’
3 million have destructive fungal lung disease. Chronic fungal lung infection often mistaken for TB, and has an 80% 5 year mortality, unless treated GAFFI is making a difference: see how
Dr Felix Bongomin lecturer in Medical Microbiology at Gulu University Medical School, Uganda, and Ambassador for the Geneva-based Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI)
Undiagnosed and untreated fungal meningitis in AIDS caused by Cryptococcus is always fatal,
Each year over a million eyes are infected by fungus; most go blind and some need to be removed.