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HealthWell Foundation Opens New Fund for the Prevention and Treatment of Fungal Infections

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GERMANTOWN, Md. — On October 12, 2016 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans,  announced that it opened a new fund to provide assistance to patients who are at-risk, or infected with, potentially life-threatening fungal infections, specifically Aspergillosis and Candidiasis. Through the fund, HealthWell will provide… Read more »

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Promoting Innovation and Access to Health Technology

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Last November, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for a report on Innovation and Access to Health Technology, and set a High-Level Panel to do this. This report came out in September 2016, entitled “Promoting Innovation and Access to Health Technology”. • WHY WAS THE REPORT NEEDED? There have never been more medicines and… Read more »

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Over a million AIDS deaths preventable by 2020

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Call is issued for improved diagnosis and treatment of fungal infections. GENEVA: 24th October 2016. Fungal infection causes around half of AIDS-related deaths, of which there were 1,100,000 in 20151.  A first of its kind analysis – ‘Modelling reduction in AIDS deaths’ by the University of Manchester’s Professor David W Denning2 and published today in… Read more »

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Online fungal microscopy course will teach rapid diagnosis of fungal infection for everyone worldwide

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Experts in Manchester have now developed the world’s first Fungal Microscopy online course. It is aimed at doctors, clinical scientists and laboratory technologists across the world, and because it is online, students in poorer countries where the need for information is greatest will now be able to learn how to recognize many serious pathogenic fungi…. Read more »

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Millions deprived of life- saving antifungal medicines

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The world is in the grip of a global crisis that kills the equivalent of the populations of Philadelphia, Kampala or Prague, – around 1.6 million each year. A new report published today in the esteemed Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, documents how many countries do not have life-saving antifungal therapies. Fungal infections attack the lungs… Read more »

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Cryptococcal meningitis persists despite 90-90-90 – Botswana experience

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At the EMBO Mycoses in AIDS meeting in Cape Town, Dr Joe Jarvis working in Gabarone, Botswana questioned the value of 90-90-90 in reducing cryptococcal meningitis.   Just published in the prestigious journal Lancet HIV, is Botswana’s record in rolling our 90-90-90 antiretroviral therapy.  Botswana achieved: 83·3% individuals knew their HIV status, among these 87·4%, were… Read more »

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Importance of access to fungal disease diagnostics in AIDS highlighted in Russia by GAFFI’s President

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At the Russian-Chinese conference on Medical Microbiology and Clinical Mycology in St Petersburg, GAFFI’s President, Professor David Denning outlined the massive opportunity to save many lives from AIDS. In 2014, UNAIDS estimated that there were 1.2 million deaths from AIDS, ~400,000 attributable to TB. Four fungal infections probably account for over 500,000 deaths a year… Read more »

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Essential medicines in the USA – acquisition of generic marketing licenses causing exponential price rise

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In the USA an alarming trend for pharmaceutical companies to purchase marketing rights for aged off-patent drugs and then immediately raising the cost of the generic medication extortionately by as much as 5433% has been highlighted in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine (Alpern, Son & Stauffer, 2016). A much publicised case… Read more »

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