Associate Professor Mihai Mares, Associate Professor, Head of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Laboratory, “Ion Ionescu de la Brad” University, Iasi, Romania. Email
Fungal burden of disease in Romania: Burden of serious fungal infections in Romania (ISHAM 2015)
How I have helped GAFFI so far: This year, I supported the GAFFI activity of estimation of serious fungal infection burden for Romania. Also, as president in charge of the Romanian Society of Medical Mycology and Mycotoxicology, I organized postgraduate educational courses for Romanian health professionals in different universities.
Personal comment on the major needs in Romania which GAFFI should be addressing: We need to change the following:
Flucytosine is NOT available in Romania
Natamycin for ophthalmic use is NOT available in Romania
Clinical Mycology is poorly represented in medical students Curriculum
Very few clinical laboratories can deal correctly with a fungal infection.
Links to key fungal/global health institutions in Romania: Ministry of Health www.ms.ro