Country Ambassadors


Tafese B Tufa

Tafese B Tufa, Assistance Professor of Medical Microbiology at Arsi University, College of Health Sciences, Asella, Ethiopia; Research Focal at Hirsch Institute of Tropical Medicine (HITM), Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, Asella, Ethiopia.  email: mailto
How you have helped GAFFI so far?: I was involved in the Essential Diagnostics for advanced HIV disease and serious fungal infections conference held 10-12th April 2018 in Kampala, Uganda, organised by GAFFI. I have been involved in cryptococcal meningitis studies in Ethiopia. I have participated in the estimation of the burden of fungal infections in Ethiopia, the data for which which has now been published Tufa 2019.  I have been teaching medical mycology course medical students since 2013 at Arsi University, Ethiopia.
Personal comment on the major needs in Ethiopia which GAFFI should be addressing:
  • Data of invasive fungal infections is limited in Ethiopia. The data is needed to design appropriate programs and implement further studies. GAFFI may support researchers, clinicians and health facilities to produce reliable data related to fungal diseases in the country.
  • GAFFI may share experiences, create awareness and link experts in the field of Mycology.
  • Fungal infections are neglected in Ethiopia; maybe misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. GAFFI can support the establishment of mycology laboratories by collaborating with Ethiopian researchers and government.
  • Appropriate antifungals and point of care tests are not available in the country. GAFFI will help us by raising awareness and assigning GAFFI-Ethiopian Ambassador.
  • GAFFI may facilitate workshops, onsite or short-term training and develop protocols to reduce skilled manpower shortage in the field.


 Links to key fungal/global health institutions in Ethiopia: CDC Global Fungal Diseases https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/global/index.html