Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Vice-Chairman of Medicine for Healthcare Quality, McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas, USA.
How you have helped GAFFI so far: I was honored to participate in the GAFFI Lima meeting educating the country representatives on guideline creation and dissemination as well as educational opportunities (on line and live) in medical mycology.
Personal comment on the major needs in Belgium which GAFFI should be addressing: Fungal infections are widely prevalent in the US and with the increasing base of immunocompromised hosts they will become even more so. GAFFI will play a key role in bringing these to the attention of the public and key decision makers to increase awareness and funding.
Links to key fungal/global health institutions in Belgium: Mycoses Study Group Education and Research Consortium http://www.msgerc.org Doctor Fungus https://drfungus.org International Immunocompromised Host Society http://www.ichs.org Fungus Testing Laboratory https://pathology.uthscsa.edu/reference-labs/fungus-testing-laboratory/ Center for Discovery and Innovation https://hmh-cdi.org/our-team/perlin-lab/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mycotic Disease Branch https://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dfwed/mycotics/index.html