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Keep up to date with the latest news items from GAFFI.

Open Letter on Disseminated histoplasmosis and AIDS – to key stakeholders tackling the AIDS epidemic

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The following open letter has been issued by GAFFI: To the World Health Organisation, UNAIDS, Pan-American Health Organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, UNICEF, national public health agencies and governments. A recent rough estimate of disseminated histoplasmosis in AIDS is 100,000 cases worldwide and 80,000 deaths, mostly… Read more »

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GAFFI delivers its 2015 annual report

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GAFFI has progressed its mission to reduce illness and death associated with fungal diseases worldwide during 2014/15, its second year of operation. The disabling and stigmatising fungal tropical skin disease ‘Chromoblastomycosis’ has been added to GAFFI’s five priority diseases. GAFFI’s key activities have included: ‘95-95 by 2025’ 10 year Roadmap: GAFFI has drawn up a… Read more »

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Disseminated histoplasmosis in the Americas – a lethal blind spot of health organisations

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The global health tragedy that is avoidable deaths from histoplasmosis, has been highlighted in the current edition of the Journal AIDS (AIDS 2016, 30:167–170). Despite a burden of ~1,600,000 HIV patients in South and Central America, most hospitals have no access to rapid diagnostic techniques and often lack the right treatment. Histoplasma capsulatum is endemic and… Read more »

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World’s first clinical guidelines for chronic fungal lung infections

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The world’s first guidelines for CPA have been published in the European Respiratory Journal by the ERS in conjunction with ESCMID. The guidelines cover the important features of this disease & comprehensive treatment and recommendations  for chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). This disease is fatal in about 80% of sufferers who succumb to this illness when their lungs… Read more »

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First new antifungal agent – isavuconazole – launched since 2006

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This week, Isavuconazole (Cresemba) will become available in Europe for the first time, following its recent launch in the USA. This is the first new antifungal agent launched for 9 years. It has a broad spectrum, intravenous and oral formulations, is required only once daily and a very good safety profile. Following the FDA approval… Read more »

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Histoplasmosis – the leading AIDS diagnosis in the Guiana Shield and parts of central America

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  At the first ‘Histoplasmosis in the Americas and the Caribbean Meeting’ in Paramaribo Suriname, representatives from Latin America shared the dramatic problems of disseminated histoplasmosis in AIDS. The histoplasmosis problem exceeds the TB problem in many regions, and dwarfs malaria (<100 deaths annually across the Americas). One in 3 or 4 new AIDS admissions… Read more »

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World AIDS Day – progress towards the ’95-95 by 2025’ goals

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In May 2015, GAFFI issued a call to reduce AIDS deaths to under 500,000 by 2020 by provision of fungal diagnostics and antifungal therapies (GAFFI Roadmap).  In conjunction with increasing antiretroviral therapy coverage (90-90-90-  meaning action on fungal diseases will achieve a million more HIV survivors each year by 2020), diagnostics are also required for… Read more »

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