Wadha A m Alfouzan,
Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, Farwaniya Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait.
How you have helped GAFFI so far:
The initial phase was gathering data to estimate the fungal burden in the Kuwait. After which, all deficiencies in diagnosis and therapy will be identified and addressed to enable the country to fully comprehend the impact of fungal infections in both clinical, economical and political level.
Personal comment on the major needs in Kuwait which GAFFI should be addressing:
Kuwait have established the reference mycology laboratory under the supervision of Professor Khan more than 20 years ago. The facility is equipped and highly specialized in the field of mycology. The main challenge is to maintain a continuous supply of reagents and kits and the need for expert technologists. The vision now is toward more decentralization of the basic clinical mycology, day to day tests to facilitate better services and lowering the turnaround time for patient care. The Reference Laboratory has joined the molecular division run by Professor Ahmed. The same challenges are facing that part.