Doumbo Safiatou NIARE, Professor in Parasitology and Mycology, teaching and doing research oh these diseases in Mali at Faculté de Médecine et d’OdontoStomatologie (FMOS) at Université des Sciences des Techniques et des Technologies de Bamako (USTTB) email
How you have helped GAFFI so far? Since I heard from GAFFI in 2018, I started to put it place data collection on aspergillosis and other fungal diseases. I strongly endorse the GAFFI objectives. I have provided an update file on the availability of antifungals and now I am finalizing protocols on chronic pulmonary aspergillosis and cryptococcosis in Mali. After receiving kits for Crypto Ag, I will put in place a seroprevalence study to evaluate this in HIV patients.
Personal comment on the major needs in Denmark which GAFFI should be addressing: In Mali, I would to improve fungal diagnosis to help clinicians in their patient care. I would like to real estimate the real burden of Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis from tuberculosis patients. Cryptococcosis is also a public health problem in HIV patients. In my experience from 11 samples 3 was positive to Cryptococcus carriage in cerebrospinal fluid. Then I want to apply serology and molecular biology techniques to characterize the strains of these fungi in Mali (Aspergillus sp, Cryptococcus sp). In general, in my country, fungal diseases are not well diagnosed and I intend to get a lab well set up for culture and identification using the classical methods.
Links to key fungal/global health institutions in Denmark: Département d’Epidémiologie des Affections Parasitaires et Fongiques (DEAP)/FMOS/USTTB https://fmos.usttb.edu.ml/