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.
Last year, during fungal disease awareness week , organised by the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, U.S.A, we opined that Nigeria deserves a day or week to raise awareness about fungal diseases. As professionals passionate about the populace to whom we provide care, we know for a fact that a sizable number of patients … Continue reading “OBSERVING FUNGAL DISEASE AWARENESS WEEK 2019.”
Histoplasmosis is a systemic mycoses that is often misdiagnosed and mistaken for tuberculosis. In a recent commentary in the Journal of fungi, Nacher et al have described how specialists in 4 countries became fully aware of the threat posed by histoplasmosis to immunocompromised HIV patients. The countries are French Guiana, Brazil, Guatamela and Colombia. These … Continue reading “HISTOPLASMOSIS IN THE AMERICAS: THE ROUTE TO AWARENESS”
It is a well known that invasive fungal infections often remain undiagnosed because both doctors and laboratory workers have poor knowledge of these diseases. This often leads to very low index of suspicion amongst the former and failed diagnosis amongst the latter even when the disease is suspected. This often results in high levels of … Continue reading “E-LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEDICAL MYCOLOGY EDUCATION”
Coccidioidomycosis, also known as valley fever, is one of the classical endemic mycosis. It is an infection caused by Coccidioides. This fungus is known to live in soil in the southwestern United states and parts of Mexico and Central and South America. Thus coccidioidomycosis is thought to occur only in the Western hemisphere. But is this really … Continue reading “Is coccidioidomycosis endemic in Africa? An unusual finding from Nigeria.”
This year’s Fungal Update Meeting is ongoing (15th and 16th, March, 2019) at the QE2 conference centre, London, UK. The meeting, now in its 14th year, is the largest mycosis focused specialist meeting in the UK. MMSN president, Dr Rita Oladele, in her usual trailblazing style, picked up a prize for best abstract following her … Continue reading “BLAZING A TRAIL AT THE 14TH ANNUAL FUNGAL UPDATE IN LONDON”
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”