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Fungal disease burden in 9 countries from 4 WHO regions presented at ECCMID, ISHAM and API

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Fungal disease burden in another nine countries covering a further 490.5 million people has been estimated by LIFE collaborators. Data from Nepal and Thailand in  Asia, Canada, Ecuador and Chile from the Americas, Jordan and Egypt from the Middle East, and Indonesia and New Zealand from Oceania bring the total countries with fungal burden estimates, undertaken… Read more »

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Professor Donald Cole of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Toronto is appointed as a GAFFI Senior Advisor

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The current ‘black hole’ in Public Health Mycology has been increasingly recognised by GAFFI as a major problem worldwide. Professor Donald Cole brings broad expertise in public health to support GAFFI in responding to this major gap. He was founding Director of the Collaborative PhD Program in Global Health at the University of Toronto and… Read more »

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President calls for bolstered antifungal pipeline

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There is a critical need for new antifungal drugs, which is hindered by their slow development and increasing drug-resistance to current weaponry in the fight against serious fungal infections. An article, published last week in Perspectives in Science and co-written by GAFFI President Professor David Denning, reviews the current arsenal of antifungal drugs and prospective… Read more »

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Improved 12-month survival when community support provided alongside and crypotococcal antigen screening , in advanced HIV infection in Africa

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Around 10 million people in Africa receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection, but mortality during the first year of treatment particularly in the first few months, is very high, much higher than in Europeans. Notably tuberculosis and cryptococcal meningitis account for the majority of deaths in Africa in HIV patients. A paper published in the… Read more »

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WHO issues guidelines on skin and oral conditions in HIV adults and children

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Late in 2014, the World Health Organisation issued guidelines for the management of several HIV-related skin and oral diseases, in low resource settings. Led by Prof Rod Hay (International Foundation for Dermatology, London) and Toby Maurer (UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco), all the clinical trial evidence for diagnosis and management was scrutinized using the… Read more »

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Department for International Development, UK, to boost Kenya’s business development.

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The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) will spend £19 million (Sh2.7billion) in wealth creation projects in Kenya in 2015. Kenya is one of GAFFI’s ‘demonstration’ countries with improved diagnostic facilities planned for all the major hospitals.   The planned investment is aimed at helping the Kenyan economy achieve a 10 per cent growth rate… Read more »

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GAFFI recognises world AIDS day, by applying for Itraconazole to be included on Essential Medicines List

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Pioneering health charity GAFFI  is today calling on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help hundreds of thousand of AIDS and HIV positive patients worldwide by including itraconazole on the Essential Medicine List (EML). GAFFI’s application to  the WHO, in collaboration with the International Foundation for Dermatology, pinpoints key fungal diseases in AIDS for which… Read more »

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