The Medical Mycology Society of Nigeria is an interdisciplinary professional society focused on generating much needed public health data on serious fungal infections in Nigeria and driving advocacy for better care of populations at risk.
The society also holds an annual invasive fungal infection forum (IFIF) to promote awareness amongst health care practitioners and train laboratory personnel to diagnose fungal infections.
November was an eventful month for the MMSN Cryptococcal screening and management training team as they delivered the training in three tertiary centres in Nigeria. The team, made up of president, Dr Rita Oladele and member, Dr Akase toured the South-south, south-east and Northern parts of Nigeria to ensure that health care workers in Benin, … Continue reading “COUNTRYWIDE CRYPTOCOCCAL SCREENING AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS- NOVEMBER UPDATE”
Fungal Disease Awareness Week was October 1–5, 2018 in the United States of America. CDC and partners organized this week to highlight the importance of recognizing serious fungal diseases early enough in the course of a patient’s illness to provide life-saving treatment. Some fungal diseases go undiagnosed and cause serious infections in people around the … Continue reading “FUNGUS AWARENESS WEEK.”
MMSN is passionate about raising awareness and ensuring that physicians countrywide have a low threshold for thinking fungal disease, especially in immunocompromised patients. Cryptococcal meningitis is one of such diseases. It is estimated to that close to 30000 cases occur in Nigeria every year. The Society therefore took the training to the Federal capital in … Continue reading “CRYPTOCOCCAL SCREENING TRAIN LANDS IN ABUJA”
Fungal infections are notorious for piggybacking on other diseases. For this reason, they affect diverse patient groups spread over different domains. Anyone bent on reducing the scourge of invasive fungal infections would invariably have to be an advocate and take the message to Respiratory physicians, intensivists, surgeons, ophthalmologists and virtually any specialty you can think … Continue reading “ADVOCACY IN SPREADING THE FUNGAL INFECTION MESSAGE”
The nationwide training on cryptococcal meningitis screening has been delivered in Markurdi on August 30th, 2018. In July, the training was offered to healthcare personnel in Port Harcourt and Akure.
The CDC- sponsored MMSN Cryptococcal screening training program for healthcare providers in Nigeria has been delivered this past week in Bayero University Teaching Hospital, Kano. This brings the number of centres that have received the free training to four. We hope this will greatly reduce the number of cryptococcal meningitis-related mortalities in the country. Cross … Continue reading “CRYPTOCOCCAL SCREENING TRAINING PROGRAM GOES TO KANO”
If you miss this year’s ISHAM Congress, you would have to wait till 2021 to attend the next one! That’s because the congress holds every three years. It provides clinicians, scientists and students an exciting opportunity to meet at an international forum dedicated solely to the study of medical mycology. This year’s congress holds from 30th … Continue reading “Onyge-what now?!”
Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is associated with a high rate of mortality among people living with HIV/AIDS. Despite the use of antiretroviral therapy, which has greatly reduced the incidence of CM globally, the death toll from this fungal infection continues to be high in sub-Saharan Africa. Estimates show that Nigeria has the highest burden of CM … Continue reading “CRYPTOCOCCAL MENINGITIS PATIENTS MAY RECEIVE ANTIDEPRESSANT AS PART OF TREATMENT IN FUTURE”
The Medical Mycology Society of Nigeria has begun a series of training activities in tertiary centers across the country. The focus is on Cryptococcal screening and treatment in the setting of HIV infection. Sessions have been delivered at Lagos, Jos and Ekiti. At an estimated 27,100 cases annually, Nigeria is considered to have the largest … Continue reading “CDC- sponsored Diagnosis and Management of Cryptococcal Meningitis in HIV patients”
Experts from 27 countries have developed consensus on which diagnostic tests should be deemed ‘Essential’ by the World Health Organization. The WHO has had a listing of essential medicines for decades and has just launched a process for approving key tests for improved health and public health. This is the first time such a consensus … Continue reading “Consensus on Essential Diagnostics for Advanced AIDS and fungal diseases”