David Meya, Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala. email: mailto
View the Fungal burden of disease in Uganda: Published: Parkes-Ratanshi et al 2015
How you have helped GAFFI so far? Over the last eight years, I have worked with colleagues in Uganda to highlight the importance of fungal infections. We have focused on fungal meningitis caused by Cryptococcus and published data that has influenced WHO guidelines on Cryptococcal antigen screening and improving management of cryptococcal meningitis.
Together with GAFFI, we have published the estimate of specific fungal infections in Uganda, which data will be shared with colleagues from CDC and the Ministry of Health.
Personal comment on the major needs in Uganda which GAFFI should be addressing: Uganda still has gaps in the areas of fungal disease diagnostics, clinical management and prevention. We would like to set up a regional center of excellence for mycology training with state-of-the-art diagnostics.
We would like to increase awareness on fungal infections in the region by developing short training courses that could be availed to health care personnel.We would also like to increase research capacity in mycology, especially among graduate students as a way to increase awareness of the problem and identify implementable solutions.
Understanding the burden of fungal disease and what can be done about it will require national documentation, an area where we are still struggling.