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 »

GAFFI ‘s Annual report outlines its new strategy – access to diagnostics and antifungals, the centerpiece of its efforts

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GAFFI press release Following on from major steps forward since its inception in 2013, GAFFI has adjusted its strategy with a new emphasis on strong partnerships to: 1.         Actively advocate for Essential Diagnostics and Antifungals to be accessible in each country as part of Universal Healthcare; 2.         Empower and expand GAFFI’s Ambassadors, starting in Africa… Read more »

GAFFI’s Chief Executive honoured as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

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  The 2021 list of new Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology has included Professor David Denning. The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, service and leadership in the microbial sciences. Election to the Academy is a mark of distinction.  Nominated by Professor Neil Gow FRS… Read more »

3rd Essential Diagnostics’ List Launch

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You are invited to attend the following event: When: Jan 29, 2021 02:30 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna Topic: 3rd Essential Diagnostics’ List Launch Webinar Link: (Please register in advance for this webinar) https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WXNKujhjQKGqLbTqa8RxEA WHO accepts rapid tests for life threatening fungal diseases aspergillosis and Pneumocystis pneumonia as ‘Essential Diagnostics’ The World Health Organisation,… Read more »

Launch of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Roadmap by WHO focuses on fungal skin disease

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Today the World Health Organisation, Geneva launched its 10 year NTD Roadmap which has a major focus on skin NTDs. Over 50% of NTDs relate to the skin and are often associated with stigmatisation, mental health issues and long-term disability. Globally, skin diseases are the third most prevalent cause of illness and one of the… Read more »

138 million school age children in Africa have fungal scalp infection, affecting education and leading to social stigmas, medical experts say.

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A study has shown that nearly 1 in 5 school-age children in Africa have a fungal infection of the scalp referred to as tinea capitis with a reported 138 million cases of the infection found among school-age children in Africa, in the first African estimate of this disease. The investigative team led by Dr Felix… Read more »

Experts call for minimising deaths from cryptococcal meningitis in AIDS

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On World AIDS Day, experts from multiple African, European and American institutions have put out an alarm call to prioritise a strategy “to end deaths from HIV-related cryptococcal meningitis by 2030.”– in a commentary published in the prestigious journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. Undiagnosed and untreated fungal meningitis in AIDS caused by Cryptococcus is always fatal,… Read more »

Fungal eye infections leave over half a million people blinded each year, international research team says

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  Between 1 and 1.4 million fungal eye infections occur in the developing world per year, leaving over 600,000 blind say researchers from Manchester, London and Nairobi. Lead researcher Lottie Brown from the University of Manchester today published the first estimation of global Fungal keratitis figures in Lancet Infectious Diseases. Infection of the transparent cornea… Read more »