OUR VISION IS TO REDUCE ILLNESS AND DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH FUNGAL DISEASES WORLDWIDE.

Pakistan


Dangerous gaps in Diagnostics and Treatment

 

Country Ambassador

 

Kauser Jabeen
Asst Professor Kauser Jabeen, Assistant Professor and Consultant Microbiologist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan  Email: Mailto 
 View the Fungal burden of disease in Pakistan: Jabeen 2017.
How you have helped GAFFI: In collaboration with Professor David Denning in estimating the burden of fungal infections in this country, and this has now been published Jabeen 2017. I have also reviewed and given feedback on modules 1 and 2 of the “Online microscopy course for fungi for laboratory based scientists and doctors” -  microfungi.net
Personal comment on the major needs in Pakistan which GAFFI should be addressing: The major needs in Pakistan regarding fungal infections is:
  • To create awareness amongst general public and health care workers regarding the burden and significance of fungal infections
  • To strengthen the diagnostic capabilities of laboratories in both public and private sectors
  • To provide new tests and techniques at a subsidized cost to laboratories
  • To upgrade 1-2 local laboratories to a regional/national level reference laboratory
  • To establish a fungal infection registry in Pakistan
  • To develop links with out of country reference laboratories for quality improvement and external quality assurance
  • To improve clinician’s perspective and diagnostic capability regarding fungal infection diagnosis and management
  • To ensure availability of less toxic newer antifungal agents in the country at subsidised costs.
 Links to key fungal/global health institutions in Pakistan: