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.
In a bid to identify with the international mycology community, the Medical Mycology Society of Nigeria applied for and has been granted affiliate status by the International Society for Human and Animaĺ Mycology (ISHAM).
This news is coming a month after MMSN held a highly successful 1st International Conference in Lagos, Nigeria. In attendance were delegates from Cameroon, Ghana, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa in addition to the Nigerian attendees. The ISHAM president, Prof. Arunaloke Chakrabarti was also in attendance and gave the keynote address. A highlight of the event was the formation of the Pan African Fungal Working Group which is set to attract major collaboration and training opportunities in the region.
No doubt, the affiliation of MMSN to ISHAM represents a significant milestone for the society. It is the first and only African Medical Mycology Society to be affiliated to ISHAM. MMSN is now set to bring greater attention to fungal diseases in Nigeria.