M.S. Mahbub, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences.
How you have helped GAFFI so far: Estimated the burden of serious fungal infections in Bangladesh along with Prof. David W. Denning and Prof. Harish C. Gugnani.
Personal comment on the major needs in Bangladesh which GAFFI should be addressing: Further analysis of epidemiological data on fungal infections, particularly deep mycoses is required. Life-threatening fungal infections are likely to rise in immunocompromised patients with diabetes mellitus, malignancy, organ and stem-cell transplantations, infections like HIV/AIDS and drugs like chemotherapeutic agents and glucocorticoids. There is also work to be done in improving laboratory diagnosis and making anti-fungal drugs affordable and available on a wider scale.
Links to key fungal/global health institutions in Bangladesh: World Health Organization; UNICEF; Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (IEDCR)