Beatriz Bustamante, Attending physician at Hospital Cayetano Heredia, Lima. Head of Clinical Mycology Laboratory at the Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt-Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima
View the Fungal burden of disease in Peru: Bustamanteiol 2017 NOTE: As preparation of the Global Fungal Infection Forum 4 on health systems and fungal diseases held in September 2019, the burdens of serious fungal infections were estimated for all Latin American countries English Spanish
How you have helped GAFFI: We have calculated an estimated burden of fungal disease in Peru. The results were presented at the 26th ECCMD, Amsterdam-Holland. April 09-12, 2016. (Bustamante B, Campos PE, Denning DW. Estimating serious fungal infections in the Peruvian population. Poster No 2105. Poster here). This data has now been published Bustamanteiol 2017.
Personal comment on the major needs in Peru which GAFFI should be addressing: Even though Peru has endemic areas for several mycosis (sporotrichosis, histoplasmosis and paracoccidiodomycosis), there still are significant gaps in knowledge about these diseases. As consequence, correct diagnosis is usually delayed and care is frequently inadequate. Training in mycotic diseases needs to be improved for under and post-graduate students, especially out of the capital city; and research and surveillance requires promotion
Links to key fungal/global health institutions in Peru: Sociedad Peruana de Enfermedades Infecciosas: www.speit.org Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt-Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia: www.upch.edu.pe/vrinve/imtavh/