Vincent Nowaseb, Programme Coordinator: Biomedical Sciences, School of Health and Applied Sciences, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia. email: mailto
How you have helped GAFFI so far? I have been advocating for the establishment of a GAFFI demonstration site in Namibia. Various stakeholders are supportive of this initiative. These include the Ministry of Health, Polytechnic of Namibia and CDC-Namibia. So far lab has been identified and renovated for this purpose. Equipment has also been procured.
Personal comment on the major needs in Namibia which GAFFI should be addressing: Currently, almost no fungal diagnostics are utilised in Namibia, and therefore antifungal therapy is scarce. A 2011 research project demonstrated a rate of Pneumocystis detection in sputum exceeding 5%. There are major opportunities for improvement in care. GAFFI could assist with the establishment of a Mycology Reference lab that will serve the Namibian community.
Links to key fungal/global health institutions in Namibia: Polytechnic of Namibia: http://shas.polytechnic.edu.na/ MoHSS: http://www.mhss.gov.na/